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Hellenic Studies Series 86

Who Am I?

(Mis)Identity and the Polis in Oedipus Tyrannus

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ISBN 9780674237940

Publication Date: 05/05/2020


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  • Acknowledgements
  • Note on Translations and Editions of Oedipus Tyrannus
  • I. Prologue: How It All Began
    • 1. Sophocles’s Hypsipolis–Apolis Antithesis, and Castoriadis’s Imaginary Institution of Classical Athens
  • II. Theoretical Considerations
    • 2. Defining the Polis
      • 2.1. Tragedy as a Self-Restraining Mechanism of Athenian Democracy
      • 2.2. Summing Up
    • 3. The Self in the Polis
      • 3.1. The “Lonely” Sophoclean Hero as Not-So-Lonely After All
  • III. Close Reading of Oedipus Tyrannus
    • 4. Who Am I? A Tragedy of Identity
      • 4.1. Cithairon: Naming the Baby
      • 4.2. In the Webs of Interlocution: Delphi, the Crossroads, and the Sphinx
      • 4.3. In the Space of Questions at Thebes: Reconstructing Identity
      • 4.4. Questions with Teiresias: A Preview of Identity
      • 4.5. Questions with Jocasta: Dislocating the Origin (or Jocasta’s Body and Mind)
      • 4.6. Contesting Human Intelligence: One and the Many
      • 4.7. Intermezzo: Scholarship Thinks Oedipus Is a Tyrant
      • 4.8. Questions with the Corinthian Messenger: The Baby with the Pierced Feet
      • 4.9. Questions with the Servant of Laius: Articulating the Truth
    • 5. I Am Oedipus. Reframing the Question of Identity
      • 5.1. Self-Blinding
      • 5.2. Who Is to Blame? Apollo, Oedipus, or Shared Responsibility?
      • 5.3. Oedipus as a Human Agent
  • Appendix 1. Cornelius Castoriadis
  • Appendix 2. Cleisthenes
  • Appendix 3. The Heroic Self
  • Bibliography
  • Index Locorum
  • General Index

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