From Psychoanalysis to Politics. Antigone as a Revolutionary in Judith Butler and Slavoj Žižek

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In this paper I will analyse two contemporary readings of Sophocle's Antigone: the one proposed by Judith Butler in the influential Antigone's Claim (2000) and the response to it by Slavoj Žižek in Interrogating the Real (2005), Welcome to the Desert of the Real (2002) and other works. Both readings stem from a psychoanalytical (Lacanian) approach in order to face social and political issues. After providing the reader with an investigation of Butler's and Žižek's interpretations, I will draw a comparison of the two, showing that, for both, Antigone is a revolutionary figure that challenges the established social order.

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psychoanalysis, politics, act, Antigone, Slavoj Zizek, Judith Butler

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De Sanctis, S., (2012) “From Psychoanalysis to Politics. Antigone as a Revolutionary in Judith Butler and Slavoj Žižek”, Opticon1826 14, p.27-36.

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Sarah De Sanctis (UCL (alumni))

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