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Tragedy and Civilization: An Interpretation of Sophocles Paperback – March 15, 1999


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  • Paperback: 506 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press; 1st edition (March 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806131365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806131368
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charles Segal is the late Walter C. Klein Professor of the Classics, Harvard University. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dan on January 15, 2007
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This collection of essays is very tightly wrapped around Levi Straussian et al. structuralism, especially the introductory "theory" chapters at the beginning on ritual, kingship, etc. It's a lucid read and something every Sophoclean scholar should be familiar with. The chapter/essay on Antigone gets excerpted quite a bit - probably because like the play itself, it refuses to make the play fit the theory, so to speak. Anyway, lots of stuff on the definition of human, divine, savage and humanity's uneasy relationship to both in Sophocles. There's also a good deal of Roland Barthes' structuralist approach here (another 20th cenutry Frenchie! - hehe). Finally, there's a fairly unspoken undercurrent of psychoanalytic theory here (more straightforward Freudian than Lacanian - which he does get into in another collection). With that in mind, it's ironic that I suggest reading J. P. Vernant if you like Segal or vice versa (Vernant was no fan of psychoanalysis).
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