Course Instructor Days Times Room
ENGL4890 ZAWACKI, ANDREW TR 3 :30 PM 0145

Topics Title
ANTIGONES
Description

This seminar will engage myriad versions of Sophocles' Antigone and survey a substantial selection of criticism about the play, moving from antiquity to the present. Issues for discussion will include political dissent, law and dis/order, the foundations of community, the ethics of civic and family life, kinship studies, the history of friendship in Western thought, and gender roles. We will view the play at different moments from the vantages of Marxism, feminism, and post-colonialism.

Attendance

Expected.

Material

Beyond the Sophocles original (in English translation), we will study modernized renditions of the classical drama by Jean Anouilh, Henry Bauchau, Bertolt Brecht, Anne Carson, Jean Cocteau, Janusz G?owacki, Griselda Gambaro, Seamus Heaney, Friedrich Hölderlin, Liz Lochhead, Tom Paulin, Dominik Smole, Sara Uribe, and Slavoj Žižek. Among the more well-known critics and theorists we'll confront are Judith Butler, Martha Nussbaum, Luce Irigaray, George Steiner, Hegel, and Lacan. We will also examine tracts by Martin Luther King, Jr., and Henry David Thoreau; Michael Ondaatje's novel Anil's Ghost; poems by Emily Dickinson; songs by The Mekons & Kathy Acker; and Hiroshima Mon Amour, both the Marguerite Duras screenplay and the film by Alain Resnais.