Classical and Early Modern Intersections: Sophocles’ Oedipus at  Colonus and Shakespeare’s King Lear

Classical and Early Modern Intersections: Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus and Shakespeare’s King Lear

The 2018 conference concentrated on Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus and Shakespeare’s King Lear with a focus upon thematic, dramatic, genetic, cultural, performative and translative issues. Among its foci, the relation between fathers and sons/daughters, madness and wisdom of power, being and non-being in human and divine time. It also explored how the two plays have been reinterpreted over time.

This main session was framed by a broader discussion of classical and early modern intersections, with special regard to the reception of ancient ideas of theatre, to the adaptation of classical myths and dramas, and to the interpretation of the meaning of ‘Classical’ in the English Renaissance.

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