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Oedipus : the ancient legend and its later analogues

Author: Lowell Edmunds
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©1985.
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The power of the Oedipus legend is apparent not only in its interpretations but even more so in its variations. As Edmunds writes, "Translations, adaptations, and performances still come forth in a never-ending stream. Again and again, playwrights have tried their hand at new shapings of the Sophoclean Oedipuses and often a country's Oedipus forms a whole chapter in the history of its literature." Drawing on more  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Edmunds, Lowell.
Oedipus.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©1985
(OCoLC)557852147
Named Person: Ödipus.; Ödipus.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lowell Edmunds
ISBN: 0801824907 9780801824906
OCLC Number: 10913696
Notes: Includes indexes.
Description: xxii, 242 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Ancient sources for the Oedipus legend --
Medieval Europe and the Near East --
Modern Europe (except Slavic) --
Slavic --
Near East, Asia, Africa, Western hemisphere.
Responsibility: Lowell Edmunds.
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The power of the Oedipus legend is apparent not only in its interpretations but even more so in its variations. As Edmunds writes, "Translations, adaptations, and performances still come forth in a never-ending stream. Again and again, playwrights have tried their hand at new shapings of the Sophoclean Oedipuses and often a country's Oedipus forms a whole chapter in the history of its literature." Drawing on more than seventy works that dispersed the Oedipus legend from Greece to Asia, Africa, and the Americas, Edmunds provides a foundation for discussion of the lasting appeal of this legend, for claims of its universality, and for its uses as a vehicle for personal and cultural expression. -- Publisher Description.

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