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Tony Harrison's The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus as post-colonial criticism


Abstract


Tony Harrison's play The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus has been considered in the secondary literature from the point of view of dramatic impact, classicism and social criticism. In this paper, I propose that a major, but overlooked, theme of the play is that of colonial exploitation in the practices that shaped the study of the classical past, and suggest that it can be used as a valuable guide to decolonizing papyrology.

DOI Code: 10.1285/i99788883051760p694

Keywords: Classical reception; colonial ideology; history of papyrology

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