Kinship Between Life and Death
By (author) Judith P. Butler
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Antigone's Claim by Judith P. Butler
Book DescriptionThe celebrated author of Gender Trouble here redefines Antigone's legacy, recovering her revolutionary significance and liberating it for a progressive feminism and sexual politics. Butler's new interpretation does nothing less than reconceptualize the incest taboo in relation to kinship-and open up the concept of kinship to cultural change. Antigone, the renowned insurgent from Sophocles's Oedipus, has long been a feminist icon of defiance. But what has remained unclear is whether she escapes from the forms of power that she opposes. Antigone proves to be a more ambivalent figure for feminism than has been acknowledged, since the form of defiance she exemplifies also leads to her death. Butler argues that Antigone represents a form of feminist and sexual agency that is fraught with risk. Moreover, Antigone shows how the constraints of normative kinship unfairly decide what will and will not be a livable life. Butler explores the meaning of Antigone, wondering what forms of kinship might have allowed her to live. Along the way, she considers the works of such philosophers as Hegel, Lacan, and Irigaray. How, she asks, would psychoanalysis have been different if it had taken Antigone-the "postoedipal" subject-rather than Oedipus as its point of departure? If the incest taboo is reconceived so that it does not mandate heterosexuality as its solution, what forms of sexual alliance and new kinship might be acknowledged as a result? The book relates the courageous deeds of Antigone to the claims made by those whose relations are still not honored as those of proper kinship, showing how a culture of normative heterosexuality obstructs our capacity to see what sexual freedom and political agency could be.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780231118958
(229mm x 130mm x 8mm)
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 2-May-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Judith P. Butler
What's Left of Theory?, Hardback (August 2000)
A debate on the politics of theory is being conducted within literary studies. What is meant by politics? What is meant by theory? This book brings together not only outstanding questioners, but outstanding questions.
Psychic Life of Power, Paperback (May 1997)
Drawing upon Hegel, Nietzsche, Freud, Foucault and Althusser, this work offers a theory of subject formation that illuminates as ambivalent the psychic effects of social power.
Excitable Speech, Paperback (April 1997)
Addresses speech as a conduct which has become subject to political debate and regulation. The text invesigates hate speech regulation, anti-pornography arguments and controversies about gay self-declaration in the military.
Bodies That Matter, Paperback (December 1993)» View all books by Judith P. Butler
Develops the theory of gender by examining the workings of power at the most "material" dimensions of sex and sexuality. This work offers a reformulation of the materiality of bodies, examining how the power of heterosexual hegemony forms the "matter" of bodies, sex, and gender. It argues that power operates to constrain "sex" from the start.
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Author Biography - Judith P. Butler
Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley. Her many acclaimed critical works include Subjects of Desire, Gender Trouble, The Psychic Life of Power, and Bodies That Matter.
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