Oedipus Wrecks


Taking inspiration from Sigmund Freud and Woody Allen, both great believers in the ‘family affair’ between children and their parents, the latest theme for submissions should be suitably perverse.

DEADLINE: JUNE 30th 2012

Over to you, Siggy and Woody:

‘Being in love with the one parent and hating the other are among the essential constituents of the stock of psychical impulses which is formed at that time and which is of such importance in determining the symptoms of the later neurosis… This discovery is confirmed by a legend that has come down to us from classical antiquity: a legend whose profound and universal power to move can only be understood if the hypothesis I have put forward in regard to the psychology of children has an equally universal validity. What I have in mind is the legend of King Oedipus and Sophocles’ drama which bears his name.’ — Sigmund Freud

‘I’m 50 years old, I’m a partner in a big law firm, you know, I’m very successful, and I still haven’t resolved my relationship with my mother!’ – Woody Allen in Oedipus Wrecks


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