Feminist Readings of Antigone

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This book collects the most interesting and provocative feminist work on the figure of Antigone, in particular looking at how she can figure into contemporary debates on the role of women in society. Contributors focus on female subjectivity and sexuality, feminist ethics and politics, questions of race and gender, psychoanalytic theory, kinship, embodiment, and tensions between the private and the public. All explore why Antigone has become such an important figure, what we can learn from her, whether a feminist politics turning to this ancient figure can be progressive or is bound to idealize the past, the role of sexual difference in the play, and why Antigone must die. Fanny Söderbäck has gathered classic work in this field alongside newly written pieces by some of the most important voices in contemporary feminist philosophy, including Judith Butler, Adriana Cavarero, Tina Chanter, Luce Irigaray, and Julia Kristeva.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438432793
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 10/29/2010
  • Series: SUNY series in Gender Theory
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Fanny Söderbäck is a PhD candidate in Philosophy at the New School for Social Research.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Why Antigone Today? Fanny Söderbäck 1

Prologue: Nomadic Antigone Moira Fradinger 15

I Between Past and Future: Feminist Politics in the Private and Public Realms

1 After Antigone: Women, the Past, and the Future of Feminist Political Thought Catherine A. Holland 27

2 On the Body of Antigone Adriana Cavarero 45

3 Impossible Mourning: Sophocles Reversed Fanny Söderbäck 65

4 The Performative Politics and Rebirth of Antigone in Ancient Greece and Modern South Africa Tina Chanter 83

5 The Eternal Irony of the Community Luce Irigaray 99

6 "the celestial Antigone, the most resplendent figure ever to have appeared on earth": Hegel's Feminism J.M. Bernstein 111

II Incestuous Desire: Sexuality, Kinship, and Psychoanalytical Approaches

7 Promiscuous Obedience Judith Butler 133

8 Antigone's Line Mary Beth Mader 155

9 Beyond Pleasure: The Other History of Sexuality Cecilia Sjöholm 173

10 Transgressing With-In-To the Feminine Bracha L. Ettinger 195

11 Antigone: Limit and Horizon Julia Kristeva 215

Bibliography 231

Contributors 241

Index 245

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