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Dying Democratically: Antigone's Ritual

in Binding Violence: Literary Visions of Political Origins

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804763301
eISBN:
9780804774659
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804763301.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines how Antigone embodies Athenian brotherhood, how her funeral rite expresses equality, and how her death is a cipher for the problem that any limitations on membership present to ... More


The Most Modern of Tragedies: The Politics of Burial

in Binding Violence: Literary Visions of Political Origins

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804763301
eISBN:
9780804774659
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804763301.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter analyzes the link between democracy and the tragedy. It argues that the absence of intervening gods places the funeral rite in the realm of political autonomy, confronting two forms of ... More


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