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By Bonnie Honig

Sophocles' Antigone is a touchstone in democratic, feminist and criminal conception, and probably the main commented upon play within the historical past of philosophy and political concept. Bonnie Honig's rereading of it for that reason comprises intervening in a bunch of literatures and unsettling a lot of their governing assumptions. Exploring the facility of Antigone in various political, cultural, and theoretical settings, Honig identifies the 'Antigone-effect' – which strikes those that enlist Antigone for his or her politics from activism into lamentation. She argues that Antigone's personal lamentations will be visible not only as indicators of dissidence yet relatively as markers of a rival international view with its personal sovereignty and energy. Honig argues that the play doesn't provide easily a version for resistance politics or 'equal dignity in death', yet a extra optimistic politics of counter-sovereignty and team spirit which emphasizes equality in life.

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