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By Bonnie Honig

Sophocles' Antigone is a touchstone in democratic, feminist and criminal conception, and doubtless the main commented upon play within the historical past of philosophy and political thought. Bonnie Honig's rereading of it hence contains intervening in a bunch of literatures and unsettling a lot of their governing assumptions. Exploring the facility of Antigone in a number of 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 should be visible not only as indicators of dissidence yet fairly as markers of a rival global view with its personal sovereignty and power. 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 harmony which emphasizes equality in life.

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