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date: 20 September 2020

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This chapter discusses some comic treatments and serious adaptations of Sophocles’ Oedipus tyrannus in South America, concentrating particularly on the reception of the play in Argentina, Ecuador, Chile, and Colombia. The analysis focuses not only on stage and film adaptations, but also on radio and musical versions. It pays special attention to humorous versions, which became increasingly popular and were highly successful in the last few decades in Latin America as part of a broader post-Freudian move. The chapter examines some remarkable humorous adaptations that make use of their comical approach to the myth not only to exploit the topics of incest and sexuality, but also to discuss Latin American politics. By criticizing their current socio-political reality and by providing the audience with an unforgiving reflection of their countries’ turbulent history, these socio-political satires have become part of what is known as “theater of crisis.”

Keywords: Oedipus tyrannus, South America, Argentina, Ecuador, Chile, Colombia, Latin American politics, incest, socio-political satire, theater of crisis

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