Faculty Book: Marvin Carlson
The Arab Oedipus: Four Plays
The Greek myth of Oedipus has been the Greek myth most developed by leading Arab dramatists, who have found in it grounding for political commentary, philosophic and theological meditation, and cultural satire. The four treatments in this book are by leading dramatists of the modern Arabic theatre—from Egypt, Tawfiq al-Hakim, Ali Salim, and Ali Ahmed Bakathir; and from Syria, Walid Ikhlasi. The settings range in time from ancient Greek Thebes and ancient Egyptian Thebes to a contemporary computer laboratory, where a super computer replaces the Delphic oracle as the source of the fatal prophesy. Marvin Carlson is Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at The Graduate Center.
(Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, 2005; 460 pp.)
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Submitted on: SEP 1, 2005