The Antigone Complex

The Antigone Complex

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What if psychoanalysis had chosen Antigone rather than Oedipus? This book traces the relation between ethics and desire in important philosophical texts that focus on femininity and use Antigone as their model. It shows that the notion of feminine desire is conditioned by a view of women as being prone to excesses and deficiencies in relation to ethical norms and rules. SjApholm explains Mary Wollstonecraft's work, as well as readings of Antigone by G.W.F. Hegel, Martin Heidegger, Luce Irigaray, Jacques Lacan, and Judith Butler. This book introduces the concept of the qAntigone complexq in order to illuminate the obscure and multifaceted question of feminine desire, which has given rise to the fascination of generations of philosophers and other theoreticians, as well as readers and spectators. At the same time the book argues for a notion of desire that is intrinsically related to ethics. The ethical question posed by Antigone, and explored in the book, is: what determines those actions that one must do, as opposed to those that one ought to do?Lacan writes in The Ethics of Psychoanalysis that Antigone reveals a€œthe line of sight that defines desire.a€2 Oedipus has been replaced by an Antigone complex that either modifies Freud or puts his ideas into question. As is well known, theanbsp;...

Title:The Antigone Complex
Author:Cecilia Sjöholm
Publisher:Stanford University Press - 2004-10-08


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