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Interrogating Antigone in Postmodern Philosophy and Criticism

S. E. Wilmer and Audrone Zukauskaite


With the increasing artistic and scholarly interest in Sophocles' Antigones in the twenty‐first century, this collection of chapters tackles the difficult question of how to interpret the actions and character of Antigone, given the recent insights provided by Lacan, Derrida, Irigaray, Žižek, and Judith Butler. Using philosophical, psychoanalytic, political, gender, and performative approaches, the authors consider how Antigone speaks to us today, provoking a conceptual shift in the realm of ethics and evoking new definitions of what counts as the subject of the political. Divided into four pa ... More

Keywords: Antigone, Sophocles, postmodern philosophy, politics, psychoanalysis, law, gender, performance, adaptation, translation

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199559213
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199559213.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

S. E. Wilmer, editor
Head of the School of Drama, Film, and Music, Trinity College Dublin
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Audrone Zukauskaite, editor
Senior researcher at the Culture, Philosophy, and Arts Research Institute, Vilnius

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S. E. Wilmer and Audronė Žukauskaitė

Part I Philosophy and Politics

3 Biopolitics: Antigone's Claim

Audronė Žukauskaitė

Part II Psychoanalysis and the Law

5 Lacan's Antigone

Terry Eagleton

Part III Gender and Kinship

12 Antigone with(out) Jocaste

Bracha L. Ettinger

Part IV Translations, Adaptations, and Performance

18 Politicizing Antigone

Erika Fischer‐Lichte

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