Allegory and the Tragic Chorus in Sophocles' "Oedipus at Colonus"

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Juni 1999



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.


Chapter 1 Methodological Introduction Chapter 2 From End to Beginning: The Choral Allegory ofOedipus at Colonus Chapter 3 Suppliant Drama, Suppliant Space:Oedipus at Colonus and Aeschylus's Suppliants Chapter 4 Spectacular Religion: Oedipus at Colonus and Euripides' Bacchae Chapter 5 From Beginning to End: Choral Allegory inOedipus at Colonus


Roger Travis is assistant professor of Classics at the University of Connecticut.


Travis pursues this quasi-psychoanalytic reading of the Oedipal allegory in a rigorous and uncompromising way. Religious Studies Review
EAN: 9780847696093
ISBN: 084769609X
Untertitel: 'Greek Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches'. black & white illustrations. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Rowman & Littlefield
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 1999
Seitenanzahl: 256 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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