Of Antigone

By William Robert

Subjects: Continental Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Queer Studies, Religion, Lesbian / Gay Studies
Paperback : 9781438458021, 124 pages, July 2016
Hardcover : 9781438458014, 124 pages, November 2015

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Table of contents

First Revival: Antigone the Animal
Second Revival: Antigone the Angel
Third Revival: Antigone the Future
Bibliography of Works Cited and Consulted

Presents new ways of thinking about the human and the humanities through a rethinking of Antigone.


Why revive Antigone—again? And why now? William Robert responds to these questions through an inventive reading of Sophocles's Antigone, reimagining Antigone in unprecedented ways. These new possibilities, of new Antigones, offer fresh ideas on what it means to be human in relation to others. Recast in novel roles, Antigone is brought into contemporary conversations taking place in the humanities concerning animals, biopolitics, ethics, philosophies, religions, and sexualities. Robert also brings her into conversation with Luce Irigaray in ways that illuminate Antigone and Irigaray alike, opening up new avenues for understanding them both and their potential for further contributions to the humanities.

William Robert is Assistant Professor of Religion at Syracuse University and the author of Trials: Of Antigone and Jesus.