Tragic Narrative: A Narratological Study of Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus
This study of Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus demonstrates the applicability of narrative models to drama. It presents a major contribution not only to Sophoclean criticism but to dramatic criticism as a whole.
For the first time, the methods of contemporary narrative theory are thoroughly applied to the text of a single major play. Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus is presented as a uniquely rich text, which deftly uses the figure and history of the blind Oedipus to explore and thematize some of the basic narratological concerns of Greek tragedy: the relation between the narrow here-and-now of visible stage action and the many off-stage worlds that have to be mediated into it through narrative, including the past, the future, other dramatizations of the myth, and the world of the fifth-century audience.
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Chapter 5 Viewing Colonus
The Athenian Colonus
The Eleusinian Colonus
Chapter 3 Narration and the Battle
I Designing the Battle
Narration and Prophecy
III Narration and Concealment
Chapter 4 Narration and Death
Deferral and Secrecy
II Praying for Death