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Oedipus and the Fabrication of the Father: Oedipus Tyrannus in Modern Criticism and Philosophy Pietro Pucci

Oedipus and the Fabrication of the Father: Oedipus Tyrannus in Modern Criticism and Philosophy

Pietro Pucci

Published June 1st 1992
ISBN : 9780801843419
Hardcover
240 pages
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In Oedipus Tyrannus, the sons retroactive discovery of his father reveals a stunning truth and transforms guiltless murder into unbearable patricide. But which father is discovered? As Oedipus looks to several father figures--to Polybus,MoreIn Oedipus Tyrannus, the sons retroactive discovery of his father reveals a stunning truth and transforms guiltless murder into unbearable patricide. But which father is discovered? As Oedipus looks to several father figures--to Polybus, Teiresias, and Apollo, as well as Laius--he finds different laws and lessons and conflicting clues to his own identity. According to Pietro Pucci, the truth Oedipus discovers is in fact shifting fabrication, a sons struggle to answer the question What is a father? In Oedipus and the Fabrication of the Father Pucci focuses on the plurality of father figures in Oedipus Tyrannus and offers a significantly new understanding of the nature of Oedipuss transgression. He examines the shifting relationship between father and son, along with notions of patricide and incest, destiny and chance, law and truth, and ironic revenge. Throughout, Pucci discusses important readings by other modern interpreters, including Freud, Lacan, and Heidegger as well as Reinhardt, Rudnytsky, Knox, Segal, and Vernant. Oedipus and the Fabrication of the Father places the work of Sophocles in a contemporary theoretical context, offering a sophisticated and subtle relocation of the play at the center of current debates on textuality.