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Nicolet College - Nicolet Library launches Literature Series with The Meaning of Oedipus Rex Oct. 23


Nicolet Library launches Literature Series
with The Meaning of Oedipus Rex Oct. 23


The Nicolet College Library will launch its 2009 Literary Series with the presentation The Meaning of Oedipus Rex at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23, in the library.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Presenter and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Professor David Mulroy has been working for more than six years on a translation of the Greek classic that is challenging the way many scholars view the work.

Mulroy’s interpretation takes issue with the modern consensus that Oedipus is an innocent victim of fate and a courageous truth-seeker. On the contrary, Mulroy argues, when Oedipus blinds himself at the end of the play, he is merely doing in a physical sense what he has been doing intellectually since his youth: blotting out truths that he simply does not want to see. Oedipus is Everyman at his worst. Few of us do evil with our eyes open. First, we close our eyes. Then we do it.

Mulroy earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Georgetown in 1965 and a doctorate from Stanford in the Classics in 1971. He taught at Princeton from 1968 to 1973 when he was awarded a tenure-track position at UW-Milwaukee, where he is now a professor of Classics.

The Literature Series will continue Jan. 26 with a presentation by Wisconsin author Michael Perry.

The Nicolet College Library is located in the Learning Resources Center on the Rhinelander campus, one mile south of the city just off of Hwy. G.