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Tradition, Translation, TraumaThe Classic and the Modern$
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Jan Parker and Timothy Mathews

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199554591

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199554591.001.0001

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After Freud

After Freud

Sophocles’ Oedipus in the Twenty‐First Century

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(p.129) 6 After Freud
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Tradition, Translation, Trauma
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Rachel Bowlby

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199554591.003.0009

This chapter explores how Sophocles’ Oedipus the King can be viewed in light of changes in sexual and familial relations in the twenty-first century. It argues that Oedipus continues to speak to issues of contemporary identity, just as it did for Freud. The play, like Freud’s own theories, becomes like a buried source or origin, but one whose meanings change all the time, in each generation as it is unearthed and reinterpreted in the light of our new day — so like and so unlike the old days.

Keywords:   Sophocles, plays, Oedipus, Freud, sexual relations, familial relations, identity

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