Sam Shepard’s ‘Body’ of Tragedy
Department of English and Film Studies
Sam Shepard’s play, A Particle of Dread (The Oedipus Variations), is haunted by a biological inevitability pointing to Shepard’s own death from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in 2017, one characterized by precisely the progressive degeneration of muscles and mobility, ultimately leading to paralysis, that guides the form of his last published play.
Dobozy, T. (2019). Sam Shepard’s ‘Body’ of Tragedy. In S. Bigliazzi (Ed.). Oedipus at Colonus and King Lear: Classical and Early Modern Intersections. Skenè: Texts and Studies, 403-412. Accessed at: https://textsandstudies.skeneproject.it/index.php/TS/catalog/book/67