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The Tragic Effect : The Oedipus Complex in Tragedy - Andre Green

The Tragic Effect

The Oedipus Complex in Tragedy

By: Andre Green, Alan Sheridan (Translator)

Paperback Published: 3rd March 2011
ISBN: 9780521144605
Number Of Pages: 284

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In this stimulating and wide-ranging 1979 study, André Green, the eminent French psychoanalyst, demonstrates the relevance of psychoanalysis to literary criticism. He interprets the Freudian theory of the Oedipus complex - in its 'negative' aspect of male hostility towards the female - in several of the great European tragedies, including Aeschlyus' Oresteia (where the son kills the mother), Shakespeare's Othello (where the husband kills the wife) and Racine's Iphigégenie ... Aulis (where the father kills the daughter), as well as Sophocles' Oedipodeia. Green sheds light on such important literary and psychoanalytic questions as the stage's kinship with phantasy, glorified in Artaud's theatre; those devices through which the spectator's unconscious may be affected; the family's privileged position at the centre of the 'tragic space'; the points at which modern structuralist thought fails; and the different perspectives exploring the Oedipus myth and Freud's interpretation of it. This will interest psychologists, anthropologists, and readers of literary debate.

Author's acknowledgements
Translator's note
Prologue: the psycho-analytic reading of tragedy
Orestes and Oedipus: from the oracle to the law
Othello: a tragedy of conversion: black magic and white magic
Racine's Iphig©nie: the economy of sacrifice
Epilogue: Oedipus, myth or truth?
Select bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521144605
ISBN-10: 0521144604
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 3rd March 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.36