Friday, October 7, 2016
Oedipal and Edible
Two stories from Greek mythology.
Oedipus (unwittingly) kills his father and marries his mother. Years earlier, Cronus eats his children to prevent them from killing him (as prophecized).
Freud gave us the Oedipal Complex, but he rarely mentions Cronus, who is the more outrageous of the two.
Rachel Bowlby ponders this, and more, in her Freudian Mythologies: Greek Tragedy and Modern Identities (2009).