Spring 2014

Antigone Claimed, "I Am a Stranger"

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-322


Andres F. Henao Castro (Section 01)


In his 1984 book Antigones, George Steiner claimed that Sophocles’ Antigone was the most adapted and rewritten Greek tragedy in modernity. More recently, Mark Griffith has called Antigone “the most widely admired of all Greek tragic heroines,” and Stephen E. Wilmer has claimed to have received conference proposals about recent productions of the play in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Britain, Belgium, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Nigeria, and South Africa, among others. Such admiration is equally noticeable in the significant theoretical attention given to the play. Just in the previous three years, more than five books have been entirely devoted to a reinterpretation of both the play and the literature on the play, from Söderbäck’s Feminist Readings of Antigone (2010) to Bonnie Honig’s Antigone, Interrupted (2013). Beyond the dialogue there seems to be something about Antigone herself that continues to fascinate us. This seminar is designed to explore some of the most influential theoretical interpretations of Antigone, to trace their mutual debts and influences as well as their ruptures, disagreements and limitations and to explore Antigone’s claim to be a stranger who is both familiar and foreign.

Limited to 15 students. Spring Semester. Professor Castro.

If Overenrolled: Priority given to seniors, then to a balance of sophomores and juniors, based on subject interest and research interests.


2021-22: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2014