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In Search of Oedipus (Mondays, 11:00am-1:00pm)   NEW!

For us, Oedipus is a Freudo-Sophoclean monstrosity. Oedipus is defined, first and foremost, by the so-called Oedipus complex and the particulars of Sophocles' fifth century tragedy, Oedipus the King. But this monstrosity obscures the complex and often very different Oedipus that one finds in ancient Greek and Roman literature and art. The modern construct masks both the role of Oedipus in ancient culture and key features of ancient Greek thought that Oedipus reveals for us. In this six-week class we are going to go in search of Oedipus -- through folktale, ancient epic poetry, ancient Greek and Roman art, and, of course, ancient drama (where Sophocles' plays with Oedipus were far from the only story). We will explore Oedipus both through the primary materials and through more recent performances of Oedipus in film and on stage.

Maximum Class Size: 40.

 

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
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