The present paper analyses the dialogue between Oedipus and Tiresias in Sophocles' Oedipus the King (297–462) from three angles: politeness theory, theory of mind, and theory of possible worlds. The paper will argue that the approaches are compatible from a theoretical point of view and complement each other. Politeness theory helps us make sense of the dialogue at the micro-level; theory of mind and theory of possible worlds can be fruitfully combined with politeness theory to make sense of the whole dialogic sequence.

Oedipus and Tiresias: im/politeness theory and the interpretation of Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus

BATTEZZATO, LUIGI
2020

Abstract

The present paper analyses the dialogue between Oedipus and Tiresias in Sophocles' Oedipus the King (297–462) from three angles: politeness theory, theory of mind, and theory of possible worlds. The paper will argue that the approaches are compatible from a theoretical point of view and complement each other. Politeness theory helps us make sense of the dialogue at the micro-level; theory of mind and theory of possible worlds can be fruitfully combined with politeness theory to make sense of the whole dialogic sequence.
Settore L-FIL-LET/02 - Lingua e Letteratura Greca
Pragmatic approaches to drama : studies in communication on the Ancient stage
Brill
Sophocles, Politeness theory, drama, prophecy
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