- Title Pages
- List of Illustrations
- Notes on Contributors
- 1 Fuzzy Connections
- 2 Pope’s Trojan Geography
- 3 Sophoclean Journeys
- 4 Cicero: Gentleman and Orator
- 5 Eating Eumolpus
- 6 After Freud
- 7 The Price of the Modern
- 8 Composite Cultures, Chaos Wor(l)ds
- 9 Time, Free Verse, and the Gods of Modernism
- 10 Lost in Nostalgia
- 11 No Consolation
- 12 The Abject Eidos
- 13 What’s Hecuba to him…that he should weep for her?
- 14 Modernism’s Nostalgics, Nostalgia’s Modernity
- 15 Mediating Trauma
- 16 History as Traumatic Memory
- 17 Reading the Invisible with Cees Nooteboom, Walter Benjamin, and Alberto Giacometti
Sophocles’ Oedipus in the Twenty‐First Century
- (p.129) 6 After Freud
- Tradition, Translation, Trauma
- Oxford University Press
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.
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