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Miller, P.L. (2006). Oedipus Rex Revisited. Mod. Psychoanal., 31(2):229-250.

(2006). Modern Psychoanalysis, 31(2):229-250

Oedipus Rex Revisited

Patrick Lee Miller, Ph.D.

This paper argues that psychoanalysts must revisit Oedipus Rex to extract its deeper lessons. Although Oedipus does demonstrate genuinely oedipal desires, his tragedy stems not so much from them as from a narcissistic rage over his original mutilation and abandonment by his parents. But Oedipus is not only the object of our analysis; he is a prototype of the psychoanalyst, as Freud himself recognized. Sophocles thus appears to diagnose the dangers of psychoanalysis. Whatever hope exists in the midst of these dangers is then inferred from his prophetic sequel, Oedipus at Colonus.

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