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Allegory and the Tragic Chorus in Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus : Greek Studies - Roger Travis

Allegory and the Tragic Chorus in Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus

Greek Studies

Paperback Published: 28th January 1999
ISBN: 9780847696093
Number Of Pages: 256

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In this book, Roger Travis brings together poetics and psychology to study the tragic chorus in Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus. Beginning from Quintilian's definition of allegory as extended metaphor, Travis argues that in Oedipus at Colonus the chorus of old men forms an allegorical relationship with the aged Oedipus, which depends in turn upon the chorus's own likeness to the Athenian audience. The play relates Oedipus allegorically to the audience through the tragic chorus and transforms Oedipus' relation to the body of his mother Jocasta into a new relation to the land of Attica. Corresponding readings of Aeschylus' Suppliants and Euripides' Bacchea further explore the chorus's role in expressing the relation of the individual to the maternal body.

Employing a flexible combination of Lacanian and object-relations psychoanalytic theory, Travis investigates the tragic text's conception of the problems of human existence. The introduction provides a useful survey of the advantages and disadvantages of various psychological approaches to tragedy, making this an important volume for students and scholars alike.

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Travis pursues this quasi-psychoanalytic reading of the Oedipal allegory in a rigorous and uncompromising way.--Religious Studies Review

List of Abbreviationsp. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. x
Forewordp. xii
Methodological Introductionp. 1
From End to Beginning: The Choral Allegory of Oedipus at Colonusp. 37
Suppliant Drama, Suppliant Space: Oedipus at Colonus and Aeschylus's Suppliantsp. 87
Spectacular Religion: Oedipus at Colonus and Euripides' Bacchaep. 136
From Beginning to End: Choral Allegory in Oedipus at Colonusp. 191
Works Citedp. 225
General Indexp. 239
Index Locorump. 241
About the Authorp. 243
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ISBN: 9780847696093
ISBN-10: 084769609X
Series: Greek Studies
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 28th January 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 14.81  x 1.45
Weight (kg): 0.32