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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 Gender2

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 Aims and outline Overview: prior interpretation 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 Ancient Sexuality and Gender5

6 KREŌN phēs, ē katarnei nē dedrakenai tade? ANTIGONĒ kai phēmi drasai kouk aparnoumai 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 Gender6

7 Speech Acts Speech that does things “With this ring I thee wed” By altering social reality through social performance and recognition Ancient Sexuality and Gender7 Austin How to Do Things with Words

8 Ch2: Unwritten Laws, Aberrant Transmissions Instructor’s Outline Hegel’s take on play and Butler’s on Hegel’s… Lacan’s take on play and Butler’s on Lacan’s… Your comments Ancient Sexuality and Gender8

9 Ch3: Promiscuous Obedience Instructor’s Outline Kinship: Antigone’s curse? Kinship: Antigone’s act? Your Comments Ancient Sexuality and Gender9

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 Gender11

12 Comments Ancient Sexuality and Gender12


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