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Oedipus traverses ...
Oedipus traverses the long history of the myth, from the earliest pre-tragic Oedipus through fifth-century tragedy, Rome and the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, to Oedipus in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In illustrating this long history the book shows a certain continuity but also a discontinuity followed by a recovery. The agent of continuity is the Roman Seneca, whose Oedipus looked back to Greek models, had some currency in the Middle Ages, found many Renaissance imitators, and still sometimes reappears, as in Ted Hughes' adaptation (1969). But the European Middle Ages, Edmunds shows, mark a striking discontinuity in the tradition: for about a millennium, the Oedipus of Greek tragedy is practically forgotten, not to be rediscovered until the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Sophocles' Oedipus the King is thereafter destined to become the common text of the Oedipus myth. Oedipus does what no other volume has done before. It analyzes the long and varied history of the myth from ancient times to the modern day and the broad sweep media in which it has been represented. Lowell Edmunds' Oedipus is truly an indispensable guide to the myth of Oedipus.
About the Author:
LowellEdmunds is Professor of Classics at Rutgers University and an eminent author and researcher