9780847683208

Theatrical Space and Historical Place in Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus

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  • ISBN13:

    9780847683208

  • ISBN10:

    0847683206

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1996-09-19
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

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Summary

While Greek tragedies are often studied as works of literature, they are less frequently examined as products of the social and political environment in which they were created. Rarely, too, are the visual and spatial aspects of these plays given careful consideration. In this detailed and innovative book, Lowell Edmunds combines two readings of Oedipus at Colonus to arrive at a new way of looking at Greek tragedy. Edmunds sets forth a semiotic theory of theatrical space, and then applies this theory to the visual and spatial dimensions of Oedipus at Colonus. The book includes an Appendix on the life of Sophocles and the reception of Oedipus at Colonus. Edmunds's unique approach to Oedipus at Colonus makes this an important book for students and scholars of semiotics, Greek tragedy, and theatrical performance.

Author Biography

Lowell Edmunds is professor of classics at Rutgers University.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introductionp. 1
Theorizing Theatrical Spacep. 15
Theatrical Space in Oedipus at Colonusp. 39
Historical Place in Oedipus at Colonusp. 87
Conclusionp. 149
Life of Sophocles and Reception of Oedipus at Colonusp. 163
Works Citedp. 169
Indexesp. 181
About the Authorp. 191
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