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The clash of irrationalities in Sophocles' Antigone.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19507449     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A study of the Greek text of Sophocles' Antigone provides a deeper understanding of the identities and psychodynamic interaction between the play's two main characters. Creon's particular diction, imagery, and even syntax constitute a subtext reflecting his rigidly hierarchical attitude and paranoid fear that defensively overlie his castration anxiety, his persecutory conception of women, and his own body image. His mental collapse is precipitated by the insightful and lexically powerful ad hominem expressions featured in Tiresias's admonitions. Textual analysis also sheds light on the nature of Antigone's incestuous desires for intimacy and clarifies their archaic origins. As death becomes more imminent, Antigone's complex, evolving reaction includes a verbally marked spatial disorientation.
Patrick J Mahony
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Biography; Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Psychoanalytic quarterly     Volume:  78     ISSN:  0033-2828     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychoanal Q     Publication Date:  2009 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-06-10     Completed Date:  2009-06-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0226661     Medline TA:  Psychoanal Q     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  469-89     Citation Subset:  IM    
Canadian Psychoanalytic Society.
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MeSH Terms
Anxiety, Castration / psychology
Body Image
Drama* / history
Freudian Theory
History, Ancient
Incest / psychology
Oedipus Complex
Psychoanalytic Interpretation*
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