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Antigone's Claim: Kinship Between Life and Death
     

Antigone's Claim: Kinship Between Life and Death

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by Judith Butler
 

The celebrated author of Gender Trouble here redefines Antigone's legacy, recovering her revolutionary significance and liberating it for a progressive feminism and sexual politics. Antigone has long been a feminist icon of defiance. But what has remained unclear is whether she escapes from the forms of power that she opposes, since the form of defiance she

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The celebrated author of Gender Trouble here redefines Antigone's legacy, recovering her revolutionary significance and liberating it for a progressive feminism and sexual politics. Antigone has long been a feminist icon of defiance. But what has remained unclear is whether she escapes from the forms of power that she opposes, since the form of defiance she exemplifies also leads to her death. Butler argues that Antigone represents a form of feminist and sexual agency that is fraught with risk. Moreover, Antigone shows how a culture of normative heterosexuality obstructs our capacity to see what sexual freedom and political agency could be.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Presents the text of three of Butler's (rhetoric and comparative literature, U. of California-Berkeley) 1998 lectures exploring the meaning of Antigone. Questioning what forms of kinship might have allowed Antigone to live, Butler discusses the work of philosophers including Hegel, Lacan, and Irigaray and discusses how a culture of normative heterosexuality obstructs our capacity to see what sexual and political agency could be. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Nation
Butler is interested in Antigone as a liminal figure between the family and the state, between life and death... but also as a figure, like all her kin, who represents the non-normative family, a set of kinship relations that seems to defy the standard model... one senses in Butler's interest... homage to those who have lived, or have tried to live, and to those who have died 'on the sexual margins.'

— Georgette Fleischer

Hypatia

Antigone's Claim is a work of intricate and detailed analysis of enormously difficult material. Butler masterfully leads us to... a newfound theoretical activism within the political domain.

— Maria Cimitile

Signs
Brief but powerful and provocative nook.

— Shireen R. K. Patell, New York University

Hagar: Studies in Culture Polity Identities

Thought-provoking and politically provocative... Bulter joins the great philosophical tradition which grapples with the ancient tragedy of Sophocles.

— Ido Geiger

Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy
Antigone's Claim is a work of intricate and detailed analysis of enormously difficult material. Butler masterfully leads us to... a newfound theoretical activism within the political domain.

— Maria Cimitile

Hagar: Studies in Culture Polity Identities
Thought-provoking and politically provocative... Bulter joins the great philosophical tradition which grapples with the ancient tragedy of Sophocles.

— Ido Geiger

The Nation - Georgette Fleischer
Butler is interested in Antigone as a liminal figure between the family and the state, between life and death... but also as a figure, like all her kin, who represents the non-normative family, a set of kinship relations that seems to defy the standard model... one senses in Butler's interest... homage to those who have lived, or have tried to live, and to those who have died 'on the sexual margins.'

Hypatia - Maria Cimitile
Antigone's Claim is a work of intricate and detailed analysis of enormously difficult material. Butler masterfully leads us to... a newfound theoretical activism within the political domain.

Signs - Shireen R. K. Patell
Brief but powerful and provocative nook.

Hagar: Studies in Culture Polity Identities - Ido Geiger
Thought-provoking and politically provocative... Bulter joins the great philosophical tradition which grapples with the ancient tragedy of Sophocles.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231118941
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
10/18/2000
Series:
Wellek Library Lectures Series
Pages:
118
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 9.17(h) x 0.55(d)
Lexile:
1530L (what's this?)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

Drucilla Cornell
Butler's new work on kinship shows her erudition and profound originality. Antigone has been interpreted by many philosophers, literary theorists, and psychoanalysts. Butler's voice offers an extraordinary new interpretation that speaks to some of the most difficult and often taboo issues of the family. This is a book that anyone interested in queer theory, feminist theory, or family law must read.... The power of her argument demands readers to expand their moral imagination in the most intimate area of their lives.

Michael Wood
Could Antigone offer a model for a feminism (and more generally a radical politics) which resists and redefines the state, rather than seeks to enlist the state for its complaints? Most interpretations of Antigone's dilemma conscript her in the end for the state she opposes, even if only as a sign of that state's limits. In this brilliant book, Judith Butler explores Antigone's intricate family relations (she is her father's half-sister and her brother's aunt) as an interrogation of kinship and sexuality that in turn interrogate the state. 'Although not quite a queer heroine,'Butler writes, 'Antigone does emblematize a certain heterosexual fatality that remains to be read.'

Meet the Author

Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley. Her many acclaimed critical works include Subjects of Desire, Gender Trouble, The Psychic Life of Power, and Bodies That Matter.

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