Searching for Oedipus

How I Found Meaning in an Ancient Masterpiece

Author: Kenneth Glazer

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

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Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 278

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In Searching for Oedipus, attorney Ken Glazer recounts his decades-long quest to answer the Riddle of Oedipus: why Oedipus Rex, after 2,500 years, still wields such enormous power. Along the way he slices through the scholarly debate, laying bare the many ways this ancient masterpiece still speaks to us today.

The Theban Plays

Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone

Author: Sophocles

Publisher: Courier Corporation

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Category: Drama

Page: 176

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The stirring tale of a legendary royal family's fall and ultimate redemption, the Theban trilogy endures as the crowning achievement of Greek drama. Essential reading for English and classical studies majors.

Folktales of the Jews, Volume 1

Tales from the Sephardic Dispersion

Author: Dov Noy

Publisher: Jewish Publication Society

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Category: Fiction

Page: 722

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Tales from the Sephardic Dispersion begins the most important collection of Jewish folktales ever published. It is the first volume in Folktales of the Jews, the five-volume series to be released over the next several years, in the tradition of Louis Ginzberg's classic, Legends of the Jews. The 71 tales here and the others in this series have been selected from the Israel Folktale Archives, Named in Honor of Dov Noy, The University of Haifa (IFA), a treasure house of Jewish lore that has remained largely unavailable to the entire world until now. Since the creation of the State of Israel, the IFA has collected more than 20,000 tales from newly arrived immigrants, long-lost stories shared by their families from around the world. The tales come from the major ethno-linguistic communities of the Jewish world and are representative of a wide variety of subjects and motifs, especially rich in Jewish content and context. Each of the tales is accompanied by in-depth commentary that explains the tale's cultural, historical, and literary background and its similarity to other tales in the IFA collection, and extensive scholarly notes. There is also an introduction that describes the Sephardic culture and its folk narrative tradition, a world map of the areas covered, illustrations, biographies of the collectors and narrators, tale type and motif indexes, a subject index, and a comprehensive bibliography. Until the establishment of the IFA, we had had only limited access to the wide range of Jewish folk narratives. Even in Israel, the gathering place of the most wide-ranging cross-section of world Jewry, these folktales have remained largely unknown. Many of the communities no longer exist as cohesive societies in their representative lands; the Holocaust, migration, and changes in living styles have made the continuation of these tales impossible. This volume and the others to come will be monuments to a rich but vanishing oral tradition.

Books in Print

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Category: American literature

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Books in print is the major source of information on books currently published and in print in the United States. The database provides the record of forthcoming books, books in-print, and books out-of-print.

Oedipus at Colonus

Author: Sophocles

Publisher: Courier Corporation

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Category: Drama

Page: 56

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Blamed for the discord within his former kingdom and banished by its citizens, Oedipus wanders for years in lonely exile until he finds a haven in a sacred olive grove at Colonus. Part of the trilogy that includes Oedipus Rex and Antigone; considered the great playwright's crowning achievement. Sir George Young translation.

Reading "The Waste Land"

Modernism and the Limits of Interpretation

Author: Jewel Spears Brooker

Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press

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Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 239

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This study of T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land guides the reader through the poem line by line, taking into account a number of previous interpretations.

The Death and Life of Drama

Reflections on Writing and Human Nature

Author: Lance Lee

Publisher: University of Texas Press

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Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 258

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What makes a film “work,” so that audiences come away from the viewing experience refreshed and even transformed in the way they understand themselves and the world around them? In The Death and Life of Drama, veteran screenwriter and screenwriting teacher Lance Lee tackles this question in a series of personal essays that thoroughly analyze drama's role in our society, as well as the elements that structure all drama, from the plays of ancient Athens to today's most popular movies. Using examples from well-known classical era and recent films, Lee investigates how writers handle dramatic elements such as time, emotion, morality, and character growth to demonstrate why some films work while others do not. He seeks to define precisely what “action” is and how the writer and the viewer understand dramatic reality. He looks at various kinds of time in drama, explores dramatic context from Athens to the present, and examines the concept of comedy. Lee also proposes a novel “five act” structure for drama that takes account of the characters' past and future outside the “beginning, middle, and end” of the story. Deftly balancing philosophical issues and practical concerns, The Death and Life of Drama offers a rich understanding of the principles of successful dramatic writing for screenwriters and indeed everyone who enjoys movies and wants to know why some films have such enduring appeal for so many people.