Fanny Söderbäck Feminist Readings of Antigone Albany: State University of New York Press , 2012, 272 pp. ISBN 978-1-4384-3279-3 Adriel M. Trott Feminists' readings of Antigone have tended to focus on the rigid conception of gender roles assumed by the Greek polis that put the gendered family in tragic tension with political life. Luce Irigaray's "Eternal Irony of the Community," a treatment of Hegel's interpretation of Antigone that is included in this volume, is an example. But Fanny Söderbäck promises, in her introduction to Feminist Readings of Antigone, a collection of essays that consider the specifically political insights of Antigone. These essays move beyond the critical aspect to consider the productive insights of Antigone for addressing contemporary political problems. Particularly remarkable because of its timeliness is the unity of the persistent themes of the political import of the relation of life to death, as well as of bare life to political life, and the state's need to have access to the body in order for the law to have force. How political life functions to make protected life out of bare life while simultaneously excluding certain lives from the protected life of a citizen has become the pressing
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Published: Feb 19, 2012
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