Coming Home to Drama

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Title:
Coming Home to Drama Alternative Paradigms of Nostos in Sophoklean Tragedy
Physical Description:
1 online resource (20 p.)
Language:
english
Creator:
Hetrick, David J
Publisher:
University of Florida
Place of Publication:
Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date:

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Doctorate ( Ph.D.)
Degree Grantor:
University of Florida
Degree Disciplines:
Classical Studies, Classics
Committee Chair:
VAN STEEN,GONDA ALINE HECTOR
Committee Co-Chair:
WAGMAN,ROBERT SERGIUS
Committee Members:
KAPPARIS,KONSTANTINOS
KAWASHIMA,ROBERT SAIJI
MARKS,JAMES R

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
ajax -- antigone -- greek -- homecoming -- nostos -- oedipus -- polyneikes -- sophocles -- sophokles -- tragedy
Classics -- Dissertations, Academic -- UF
Genre:
Classical Studies thesis, Ph.D.
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract:
This study examines homecoming, or nostos, a recurring theme in Greek epic poetry, and posits that alternative definitions come into play across genres. The present study examines how homecoming functions in the genre of Greek tragedy, which abounds with epic themes, but has its own priorities and different goals in portraying epic characters. Homecoming is a theme common to both epic and tragedy, but in tragedy, the epic conception of homecoming is subverted at the very least, if not radically altered. The present study focuses on Sophoklean tragedy in particular, in order to limit the scope of what would otherwise be a far more comprehensive study. Some of the alternative definitions of homecoming involve the psychological aspects and ramifications of homecoming for Oedipus; suicide and death as homecoming for Antigone and her brother Polyneikes; suicide as a colonization of Hades for Ajax; Oedipus' experiences of the antithesis of homecoming, exile, and the founding of a new home at Kolonos. After an introduction to these alternative paradigms of homecoming, the study follows Oedipus and his family through Sophokles' tragedies, and concludes by examining the Ajax as a bridge between Homeric and tragic ideas of homecoming. This research approaches the idea of nostos from a non-traditional perspective, for this concept is typically limited to epic poetry. Yet there are thematic as well as linguistic echoes of this theme in tragedy as well. The wealth of different paradigms of homecoming in tragedy that emerged from this research suggests that the definition of homecoming must be broadened and repositioned. Nor should the canon of returning heroes be limited to the Homeric Odysseus, Nestor, Agamemnon, and others, but at the very least, Oedipus and his family, as well as Ajax, must be added to such a canon.
General Note:
In the series University of Florida Digital Collections.
General Note:
Includes vita.
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page.
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Statement of Responsibility:
by David J Hetrick.
Thesis:
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Florida, 2014.
Local:
Adviser: VAN STEEN,GONDA ALINE HECTOR.
Local:
Co-adviser: WAGMAN,ROBERT SERGIUS.
Electronic Access:
RESTRICTED TO UF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE UNTIL 2016-05-31

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Source Institution:
UFRGP
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved.
Classification:
lcc - LD1780 2014
System ID:
UFE0046626:00001