The Oedipus Casebook
Reading Sophocles' Oedipus the King
Who killed Laius? Most readers assume Oedipus did. At the play’s end, he stands convicted of murdering his father, marrying his mother, and triggering a deadly plague. With selections from a stellar assortment of critics including Walter Burkert, Terry Eagleton, Michel Foucault, René Girard, and Jean-Pierre Vernant, this book reopens the Oedipus case and lets readers judge for themselves. The Greek word for tragedy means “goat song.” Is Oedipus the goat? Helene Peet Foley calls him “the kind of leader a democracy would both love and desire to ostracize.” The Oedipus Casebook readings weigh the evidence against Oedipus, place the play in the context of Greek scapegoat rites, and explore the origins of tragedy in the festival of Dionysus. This unique critical edition includes a new translation of the play by distinguished classics scholar Wm. Blake Tyrrell and the authoritative Greek text established by H. Lloyd-Jones and N. G. Wilson.
Subjects: Literary Criticism
Publication Date: December 1st, 2019
360 pages| 6 in x 9 in
Mark R. Anspach is the Author of Vengeance in Reverse: The Tangled Loops of Violence, Myth, and Madness and the Editor of Oedipus Unbound: Selected Writings on Rivalry and Desire by René Girard.