Judith Butler's Antigone's Claim: Kinship Between Life and Death (The Wellek PDF

By Judith Butler

ISBN-10: 0231518048

ISBN-13: 9780231518048

The distinguished writer of Gender hassle right here redefines Antigone's legacy, recuperating her innovative value and freeing it for a revolutionary feminism and sexual politics. Antigone has lengthy been a feminist icon of defiance. yet what has remained uncertain is whether or not she escapes from the varieties of energy that she opposes, because the kind of defiance she exemplifies additionally results in her demise. Butler argues that Antigone represents a kind of feminist and sexual supplier that's fraught with hazard. in addition, Antigone indicates how a tradition of normative heterosexuality obstructs our potential to determine what sexual freedom and political organisation can be.

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I think they can. Woolf is here the victim of the fallacy she herself describes. Victorian women's experience is "narrow" in terms of the experience of Victorian men, true, but so is Victorian men's in terms of Victorian women's. As late as 1935 Lord David Cecil chides Marian Evans for succumbing to "the frailties of her sex; like every woman novelist, she tends to draw heroes . . "s Not only is female experience often considered less broad, less representative, less important, than male experience, but the actual content of works can be distorted according to whether the author is believed to be of one sex or the other.

Although protesting against women's impossible double work-load, her only reply is to invoke an idealized and ftlse past: "Nobody expected George Eliot to be a beauty. Nobody worried about Jeanne d'Arc's haircut. "22 Mannes' article has its sadness, but for some the response is conflict or open anger. Tillie Olsen points to a letter Sylvia Plath wrote as a graduate student: "... ffair revealing also an . . " . . "Why must I choose? No one said to Toscanini or Bach or my father, that they must choose between their art and fulfillment as a man, family life.

At its kindest, "phaltic criticism," in Ellmann's words, imposes "an erogenic form upon all aspects of the person's career," for example, she quotes Stanley Kauftnan: "Poor old Franqoise Sagan . . her career in America resembles the lifespan of those medieval beauties who flowered at 14, were deflowered at 15, were old at 30 and cfones at 40" (p. 30). I thought Ellmann was exaggerating until three short plays of mine were produced off-off Broadway in 1969, one year after the publication of Tblnktng about Women.

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