Additional Resources for Oedipus the King by Sophocles

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Aristotle The Poetics, translation by W Hamilton Fyfe,
Hememann (London), 1927.

Aristotle's important discussion of effective tragic form includes many references to the exemplarity of Sophocles's play, and provides a useful understanding of classical poetic theory.

Bates, William Nickerson Sophocles. Poet and Dramatist, Oxford University Press (London), 1940.

In a chapter on Oedipus, Bates summarizes the plot and offers general, laudatory remarks on Sophoclean tragedy, followed by discussions of the protagonist and Jocasta

Bowra, C. M. Sophoclean Tragedy, Clarendon Press (Oxford), 1944.

Bowra's focus is on the role of Apollo and the gods in the play, offering a historical reading that contextual-izes the oracle in Athenian society.

Bushnell, Rebecca W Prophesying Tragedy: Sight and Voice in Sophocles's Theban Plays, Cornell University Press, 1988

Bushnell compellingly argues that Oedipus's desire to speak and his aversion to silence together create a character whose faith in the efficacy of human words unsuccessfully challenges oracular knowledge...

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