PSCI 373 Spring 2015 Antigone (W)

Cross Listed as WGSS373, PHIL373
Two and a half millennia of commentary and reinterpretation of Sophocles' Antigone have placed her at the center of debates in philosophy, law, ethics and politics. As a young woman who publicly defies the law in order to bury a brother who died fighting against his own city, Antigone becomes the target and the inaugurator of critical debates about agency and fate, individuality and membership, traditional versus civic religion, speech and silence, gender and the public-private distinction in political thought. Does Sophocles' character open up critical inquiry into some of the most important categories of ethical and political thought, as many commentators have claimed, or does the tragedy of Antigone instead reinforce traditional notions of filial duty, kinship ties, gendered citizenship, the place of women, and the nature of authority? Who was Antigone then, and who could she become today as the production and reception of the play move into more global and experimental territory?
Class Format: seminar and four weeks of tutorial
Requirements/Evaluation: two 5-page tutorial papers, two 2-page commentaries on tutorial partner's paper, 6 short critical response essays for seminar meetings, and regular attendance and participation
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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Prerequisites: demonstrated background in political theory, philosophy, feminist and gender theory, and/or critical theory
Enrollment Preference: demonstrated background in political theory, philosophy, feminist and gender theory, and/or critical theory
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Divisional Attributes: Division II, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: PSCI Political Theory Courses, WGSS Feminist Theory Courses
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 3699
PSCI 373 - 01 (S) SEM Antigone (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Cancelled 3699
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