Between Oedipus and the Sphinx: Freud and Egypt

  • 27 Aug
    2019

    Criticism and Theory

    Miriam Leonard

Between Oedipus and the Sphinx: Freud and Egypt

Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres’ painting of Oedipus’ encounter with the Sphinx famously hung over Sigmund Freud’s couch in his consulting room. Nobody doubts the significance of Oedipus to the development of Freud’s thought, but the presence of the Sphinx in this picture raises a series of questions about Freud’s interests which have not been as extensively explored. The Sphinx testifies to Freud’s broader fascination with Egyptian culture – a fascination which manifests itself both in his writings and his collection of antiquities.

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August 27, 2019

Timing: 6:30 pm

Registrations will open on 27-Jul-2019

Miriam Leonard

Miriam Leonard

Miriam Leonard is Professor of Greek Literature and its Reception at University College London. Her work explores the impact of ancient Greek philosophy and literature on modern thinkers. Her latest book is Tragic Modernities (Harvard, 2015).