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The mediated ending of Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus

Budelmann, Felix (2006). The mediated ending of Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus. Materiali e discussioni per l'analisi dei testi classici, 57 pp. 43–62.

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This article uses the term 'mediated ending', drawn from the work of Germanist Henry Schmidt, to analyse the last scene of Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus: this scene mediates between the events of the climax and the point when the play is over. It discusses mediation through changes in narrative structure, mediation through the way Oedipus copes with what has happened to him, as well as the relationship of mediation and complexity. There is an appendix on the authenticity of the transmitted ending.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 0392-6338
Keywords: Sophocles; Oedipus Rex; Oedipus; ending; narrative; closure; mediation
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Cultures
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 2581
Depositing User: Felix Budelmann
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2007
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 09:47
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