Antigone, Interrupted

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Cambridge University Press, May 2, 2013 - Political Science - 340 pages
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Sophocles' Antigone is a touchstone in democratic, feminist and legal theory, and possibly the most commented upon play in the history of philosophy and political theory. Bonnie Honig's rereading of it therefore involves intervening in a host of literatures and unsettling many of their governing assumptions. Exploring the power of Antigone in a variety of political, cultural, and theoretical settings, Honig identifies the 'Antigone-effect' - which moves those who enlist Antigone for their politics from activism into lamentation. She argues that Antigone's own lamentations can be seen not just as signs of dissidence but rather as markers of a rival world view with its own sovereignty and vitality. Honig argues that the play does not offer simply a model for resistance politics or 'equal dignity in death', but a more positive politics of counter-sovereignty and solidarity which emphasizes equality in life.

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Bonnie Honig is Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Modern Culture and Media and Political Science at Brown University, Rhode Island. She was formerly Sarah Rebecca Roland Professor in Political Science at Northwestern University, Illinois and Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation, Chicago. She is an award-winning author whose work has been translated into numerous languages and is read by a wide interdisciplinary audience composed of scholars and researchers in political theory, philosophy, classics, gender studies, cultural studies, American studies, comparative literature, critical theory, media studies, law and international relations.

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