Judith Butler, Antigone’s Claim (2000)
Edition used: Columbia
See also Sophocles, Antigone
- What, or who, makes the figure of Antigone ambiguous and unintelligible according to Butler?
- Examine the relationship between language and power in Antigone and/or Antigone’s Claim.
- What is the relationship between kinship ties and the state in Antigone’s Claim?
- “So condemned, I will find a new place, / not a home, a spinster’s residence, with them, / with Polyneices—doomed young by alliance…” (p. 55). With reference to Antigone’s Claim, discuss the relationship between Antigone and Polyneices.
- Why does Butler say that Antigone is not human? What implications might this statement have for understanding what it means to be human?
- Explore the role of the title character in Antigone’s Claim.