A Companion to Sophocles

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Kirk Ormand
John Wiley & Sons, Apr 30, 2012 - Drama - 598 pages
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A Companion to Sophocles presents the first comprehensive collection of essays in decades to address all aspects of the life, works, and critical reception of Sophocles.

  • First collection of its kind to provide introductory essays to the fragments of his lost plays and to the remaining fragments of one satyr-play, the Ichneutae, in addition to each of his extant tragedies
  • Features new essays on Sophoclean drama that go well beyond the current state of scholarship on Sophocles
  • Presents readings that historicize Sophocles in relation to the social, cultural, and intellectual world of fifth century Athens
  • Seeks to place later interpretations and adaptations of Sophocles in their historical context
  • Includes essays dedicated to issues of gender and sexuality; significant moments in the history of interpreting Sophocles; and reception of Sophocles by both ancient and modern playwrights
  

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Contents

Text and Author
7
Sophocles Biography
25
Aeschylus Sophocles Euripides
38
The Plays and the Fragments
53
Polyphonic Ajax
69
Oedipus Tyrannus
84
Electra
98
The Divided Worlds of Sophocles Women of Trachis
111
Sophocles and the Metaphors
316
Sophocles and Hero Cult
331
Gender and Sexuality
349
A Problem for Social History
381
Masculinity and Freedom in Sophocles
395
Historical Interpretations
409
Sophocles and Homer
424
Toward an Intellectual History
440

Oedipus at Colonus and the End of Tragedy
141
Sophocles Ichneutae or How to Write a Satyr Play
155
Sophoclean Fragments
169
Sophoclean Techniques
185
Poetic Speakers in Sophocles
204
Sophocles Choruses
220
Lament as Speech Act in Sophocles
236
Sophocles and FifthCentury Political
251
Sophocles and Contemporary Politics
270
Sophocles and Athenian Law
287
The Necessity and Limits of Deliberation in Sophocles
301
Virginia Woolf Richard Jebb and Sophocles Antigone
462
Freud and the Drama of Oedipal Truth
477
Sophocles with Lacan
492
Influence and Imitation
505
Jean Anouilhs Antigone
523
Sophocles
538
Tony Harrisons The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus
557
Black Oedipus
572
Index Locorum
586
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About the author (2012)

Kirk Ormand is Associate Professor of Classics at Oberlin.  He is the author of Exchange and the Maiden: Marriage in Sophoclean Tragedy (1999) and Controlling Desires: Sexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome (2008), as well as articles on Hesiod, Euripides, Lucan, Ovid, and the Greek Novel.