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Antigone's Claim: Kinship Between Life and Death

Judith Butler

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Paper, 118 pages,
ISBN: 978-0-231-11895-8
$26.00 / £18.00

October, 2000
Cloth, 118 pages,
ISBN: 978-0-231-11894-1
$80.00 / £55.00

"Butler is interested in Antigone as a liminal figure between the family and the state, between life and death . . . but also as a figure, like all her kin, who represents the non-normative family, a set of kinship relations that seems to defy the standard model . . . one senses in Butler's interest . . . homage to those who have lived, or have tried to live, and to those who have died 'on the sexual margins.'" — Georgette Fleischer, The Nation

"Antigone's Claim is a work of intricate and detailed analysis of enormously difficult material. Butler masterfully leads us to . . . a newfound theoretical activism within the political domain." — Maria Cimitile, Hypatia

"Brief but powerful and provocative nook." — Shireen R. K. Patell, SignsNew York University

"Thought-provoking and politically provocative... Bulter joins the great philosophical tradition which grapples with the ancient tragedy of Sophocles." — Ido Geiger, Hagar: Studies in Culture Polity Identities

"Could Antigone offer a model for a feminism (and more generally a radical politics) which resists and redefines the state, rather than seeks to enlist the state for its complaints? Most interpretations of Antigone’s dilemma conscript her in the end for the state she opposes, even if only as a sign of that state’s limits. In this brilliant book, Judith Butler explores Antigone’s intricate family relations (she is her father’s half-sister and her brother’s aunt) as an interrogation of kinship and sexuality that in turn interrogate the state. 'Although not quite a queer heroine,'Butler writes, 'Antigone does emblematize a certain heterosexual fatality that remains to be read.’" — Michael Wood, author of Children of Silence: On Contemporary Fiction

"Butler’s new work on kinship shows her erudition and profound originality. Antigone has been interpreted by many philosophers, literary theorists, and psychoanalysts. Butler’s voice offers an extraordinary new interpretation that speaks to some of the most difficult and often taboo issues of the family. This is a book that anyone interested in queer theory, feminist theory, or family law must read. . . . The power of her argument demands readers to expand their moral imagination in the most intimate area of their lives." — Drucilla Cornell , author of The Imaginary Domain: Abortion, Pornography, and Sexual Harassment

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Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley. Her many acclaimed critical works include Subjects of Desire, Gender Trouble, The Psychic Life of Power, and Bodies That Matter.

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