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Antigone

Author: Slavoj Žižek
Publisher: London ; New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"While it is common practice in contemporary theatre to re-contextualize a piece of work, the riskier--and Slavoj Zizek would argue more faithful--approach might be to change the actual story itself. Zizek's Antigone not only re-positions Antigone as a revolutionary political figure, it alters the narrative of the play itself. As Zizek puts it himself in the introduction to the play, 'Only one thing is sure:  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Drama
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Žižek, Slavoj.
Antigone.
London ; New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2016
(DLC) 2016027326
Named Person: Antigone, (Mythological character); Antigone, (Mythological character)
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Slavoj Žižek
ISBN: 9781474269384 1474269389
OCLC Number: 956435283
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: FC; Half title; Also available from Bloomsbury; Title; Copyright; Contents; Foreword by Hanif Kureishi; Introduction by Slavoj Žižek; The Three Lives of Antigone; About the author; Also available from the same author.
Responsibility: Slavoj Žižek.

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"While it is common practice in contemporary theatre to re-contextualize a piece of work, the riskier--and Slavoj Zizek would argue more faithful--approach might be to change the actual story itself. Zizek's Antigone not only re-positions Antigone as a revolutionary political figure, it alters the narrative of the play itself. As Zizek puts it himself in the introduction to the play, 'Only one thing is sure: sticking to the traditional letter is the safest way to betray the spirit of the classic'. Philosophers have long been preoccupied with Antigone--Kierkegaard, Hegel, Plato and Judith Butler to name but a few--but never before has a philosopher had the audacity to throw fidelity to the wind and re-write one of the most classic plays in the history of theatre. This lack of fidelity is, of course, precisely the point: not only is this a fascinating new play in its own right, it is a political work calling into question our ideas of reverence to the canon, fidelity to the text and the notion of what 'faithfulness' might really mean. A brilliantly funny, moving and political play for those who are interested in reading and watching Antigone in a new way."--

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A Fascinating read, and the language positively flies off the page. * Terry Eagleton *

 
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