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  1. Butler Antigone’s Claim Sexual/Gendered Performances…

  2. Reactions? (of whatever sort…) • user-friendliness issue • a bit disorganized • still logical organization, but… • density of the prose • used other people’s ideas – where are hers? • ch1 what is the symbolic?? Ancient Sexuality and Gender

  3. Agenda • Antigone’s Claims… • A Collaborative Summary • Class Exercise • Critical Reflections on Butler’s Book Ancient Sexuality and Gender

  4. Antigone’s Claims… A Collaborative Summary

  5. Ch 1: Antigone’s Claim Instructor’s outline Your comments critical stance toward h and l: idea of a universal law necessary for culture h’s argument unstable because relies on distinction between kinship and state B: each is necessary to other ant not kinship in its ideal form • Aims and outline • Overview: prior interpretation Ancient Sexuality and Gender

  6. KREŌNphēs, ē katarneinēdedrakenaitade?ANTIGONĒkaiphēmidrasaikoukaparnoumai to nē.(Sophocles Antigone lines 442–3) CREON Do you admit this or do you deny it?ANTIGONE I say I did it and I don’t deny it.(Wyckoff translation p. 173) · · ·ISMENE I did the deed, if she agrees I did.I am accessory and share the blame.(p. 177) Ancient Sexuality and Gender

  7. Speech Acts • Speech that does things • “With this ring I thee wed” • By altering social reality • through social performance and recognition Austin How to Do Things with Words Ancient Sexuality and Gender

  8. Ch2: Unwritten Laws, Aberrant Transmissions Instructor’s Outline Your comments • Hegel’s take on play • and Butler’s on Hegel’s… • Lacan’s take on play • and Butler’s on Lacan’s… Ancient Sexuality and Gender

  9. Ch3: Promiscuous Obedience Instructor’s Outline Your Comments • Kinship: Antigone’s curse? • Kinship: Antigone’s act? Ancient Sexuality and Gender

  10. Class Exercise Critical Reflections on Butler’s Book

  11. Topics • incest • confusing argumentative structure • strained logical connections, strained family connections • interpretative leap Ancient Sexuality and Gender

  12. Comments Ancient Sexuality and Gender