Image from cover, Casey Dué The Captive Women’s Lament in Greek Tragedy
Agenda Adventures in Critical Thinking Creon’s Counselors… Recap and Update Play and Its “Ideological Horizons” Winners and Losers Gender in in the Antigone 29-Aug3
Adventures in Critical Thinking Creon’s Counsillors… 29-Aug4
What to Tell the King? 29-Aug5 “… from the first there were some men in town / who took the edict hard. These are the people — oh it’s clear to me — who have bribed these men and brought about the deed.” “No current custom among men as bad / as silver currency.” (Creon pp. 168–9)
Recap and Update Play and Its “Ideological Horizons” 29-Aug7
8 Background Playwright and play House of Labdacus genealogy… Oedipus and aftermath… Oedipus the King (after 429) Oedipus at Colonus (406) Antigone (442/1) Oedipus and Antigone
Myth Background: House of Labdacus Labdacus OedipusJocasta PolynicesEteoclesIsmeneAntigone Menoeceus LaiusJocastaCreon Eurydice Megareus Haemon 29-Aug9
Ideological Oppositions 29-Aug10 ANTIGONE thesis female private inside oikos (family, household, kinship) lamentation divine law CREON antithesis male public outside polis (politics, city) retribution human law
Syntheses or Reversals? 29-Aug11 ANTIGONE synthesis (?) masculine female divine law (but doesn’t the comparison to Niobe contradict that?) CREON synthesis (?) feminized male human law (but isn’t maintenance of the oikos what it’s all about) “I am no man and she the man instead if she can have this conquest without pain” (Creon, p. 175).
Winners and Losers, or… Gender in in the Antigone 29-Aug12
In Sophocles’ Antigone… 29-Aug13 If Antigone, along with all that she represents (including female gender), wins, what of the play’s ideological horizons?
Discussion more of a power struggle more that creon lost gender only really affecting creon 29-Aug14