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Antigone
Author: Slavoj Zizek

ISBN: 9781474269377
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 72
Published: 28 September 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 0.9
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While it is common practice in contemporary theatre to re-contextualise a piece of work, the riskier - and Slavoj Zizek would argue more faithful - approach might be to change the actual story itself. Zizek'sAntigone not only re-positions Antigone as a revolutionary political figure, it alters the narrative of the play itself. As Zizek puts it himself in the introduction to the play, 'Only one thing is sure: sticking to the traditional letter is the safest way to betray the spirit of the classic'.

Philosophers have long been preoccupied with Antigone - Kierkegaard, Hegel, Plato and Judith Butler to name but a few - but never before has a philosopher had the audacity to throw fidelity to the wind and re-write one of the most classic plays in the history of theatre. This lack of fidelity is, of course, precisely the point: not only is this a fascinating new play in its own right, it is a a political work calling into question our ideas of reverence to the canon, fidelity to the text and the notion of what 'faithfulness' might really mean.

A brilliantly funny, moving and political play for those who are interested in reading and wat...

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