Tragic Narrative: A Narratological Study of Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus

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Walter de Gruyter, Jan 1, 2002 - History - 310 pages
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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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Contents

Chapter 1 Tragic Narrative
1
II Time Games
7
III Narrative Games
13
The External Narratees
19
Music and Dance Appendix
26
Chapter 2 Narrative Past
29
I The Hold of the Past on the Present
30
Shaping the Future
53
The Messenger
130
The Lament
147
Sophocles Antigone
161
Chapter 5 Viewing Colonus
167
The Athenian Colonus
170
The Eleusinian Colonus
197
Conclusion
221
Bibliography
227

Chapter 3 Narration and the Battle
77
I Designing the Battle
78
Narration and Prophecy
100
III Narration and Concealment
109
Chapter 4 Narration and Death
115
Deferral and Secrecy
116
II Praying for Death
127
b Select Editions of Sophocles Oedipus at Colonus
228
c Works Cited
229
Indexes
291
II Index of Greek Words
293
III Index of Principal Passages
294
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Andreas Markantonatos, University of Crete.

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