Theatrical Space and Historical Place in Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

New England Classical Journal
In sum, Edmunds offers a theoretically sophisticated vision of post-modern Sophocles; I have learned much from this book.
Religious Studies Review, Vol. 24 No. 3 / July 1998 - Clfton Kreps
A specialized and challenging study.
Michael Issacharoff
To what extent is the meaning of a historically remote text anchored to the past? In this provocative new historical reading of Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus, Edmunds explores the archaeology of meaning from the suggestive vantage point of a classicist fully at home with the major issues of contemporary critical theory.
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Meet the Author

Lowell Edmunds is professor of classics at Rutgers University.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction 1
1 Theorizing Theatrical Space 15
2 Theatrical Space in Oedipus at Colonus 39
3 Historical Place in Oedipus at Colonus 87
Conclusion 149
Appendix Life of Sophocles and Reception of Oedipus at Colonus 163
Works Cited 169
Indexes 181
About the Author 191
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