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Udi Aloni

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231157599

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231157599.001.0001

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Jocasta’s Dream

Jocasta’s Dream

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(p.61) Jocasta’s Dream
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What Does a Jew Want?
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Aloni Udi

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231157599.003.0009

In this chapter, the author discusses the story of Oedipus. From Friedrich Hegel to Judith Butler, Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan, and many others, Oedipus and his daughter Antigone have played a fundamental role in understanding the primal forces in psychology, gender, and politics. On the day that Oedipus was born, his parents had already murdered him. The author suggests that Oedipus's story is the founding story of guilt and hence, the founding story of civilization. He also interprets the story of Oedipus as his mother's story. Finally, he explores Jocasta's dream, questions of suicide and gender, the murder of the son as the founding of the law of the son, and whether it is the Virgin Mary who tells the story about the passion of Jesus Christ.

Keywords:   murder, Oedipus, guilt, civilization, mother, Jocasta, suicide, law of the son, Virgin Mary, Jesus Christ

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