Digital Dialogue 20: Sophocles in Utah

Michael Shaw, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Honors Program at Utah Valley University, and Marina McCoy, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Boston College join me for episode 20 of the Digital Dialogue.

This podcast was recorded at Sundance, UT, where we gathered at the invitation of Mike Shaw just after Marina and I participated in a symposium on Sophocles for the Honors program at UVU.

sophocles-symposium-poster.jpgThe symposium included two excellent student papers: Kristen Argyle’s paper on Sophocles and Freud: The Tragedy of Mind offered a very sophisticated reading of Oedipus the King from the perspective Freudian psychology. Kelsea Park developed an original reading of the Antigone in her paper Feminine Humanity in which she demonstrated a very detailed and thoughtful engagement with the text. Both papers were beautifully written and professionally delivered.

In this episode, Mike Shaw talks about the excellent work being done by the Honors students at UVU.  We then enter into a broader more philosophical discussion of the theme of vulnerability in Sophocles, the relationship between the use of sight, hearing and touch as metaphors for specific ways of knowing and the larger question of the political implications of the Oedipus stories.

Digital Dialogue 20 with Michael Shaw and Marina McCoy: Sophocles in Utah

Below are a few pictures, on the right is a picture of Kristin Argyle and Kelsea Park responding to questions from the audience in response to their papers, with Mike Shaw moderating.  On the left is a picture of the recording of the digital dialogue we did at Sundance just after the panel.

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  • KristenArgyle says:

    Actually, the Sophocles and Freud paper was more a reading of Freudian psychology from a tragic perspective. Freud has a theory of mind which puts us in a position where we are just as doomed as Oedipus. The Oedipal complex is pretty much the cornerstone of Freudian psychology, and the consequences are inescapable.
    And yes, my name is spelled with an "e." No big.

  • Thanks, Kristen, for the clarification. I fixed your name on the post. I very much enjoyed your paper.

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