The overseer of the plague: Reading Oedipus Rex during COVID-19

Bilal, Maaz Bin (2020) The overseer of the plague: Reading Oedipus Rex during COVID-19. Economic and Political Weekly, 55 (25). pp. 19-20. ISSN 129976

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A critical reading of the Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex with a focus on the protagonist as a ruler overseeing a city under a plague, is illuminating for our times. The role and responsibility displayed by Oedipus can be compared and contrasted with the performance of the major political leaders of our own contemporary world during the COVID-19 pandemic. Civic duty and the sovereign’ responsibility towards their people during the crisis are examined.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: COVID19 | CORONA | Oedipus Rex | Greek Tragedy
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Arts and Humanities > Literature and Literary Theory
JGU School/Centre: Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities
Depositing User: Amees Mohammad
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2022 04:20
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 10:51
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