By Judith Butler
The prestigious writer of Gender difficulty right here redefines Antigone's legacy, recuperating her innovative value and freeing it for a innovative feminism and sexual politics. Antigone has lengthy been a feminist icon of defiance. yet what has remained doubtful is whether or not she escapes from the kinds of energy that she opposes, because the type of defiance she exemplifies additionally results in her loss of life. Butler argues that Antigone represents a kind of feminist and sexual enterprise that's fraught with threat. furthermore, Antigone indicates how a tradition of normative heterosexuality obstructs our skill to determine what sexual freedom and political organization will be.
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How is conjecture based on limited ongoing perception to be put into words? When the sailor leaves the cabmen’s shelter, those inside, and again mainly Bloom, are interpreting sounds: the sailor [. ] eased himself closer at hand, the noise of his bilgewater some little time subsequently splashing on the ground where it apparently awoke a horse of the cabrank. A hoof scooped anyway for new foothold [. 938–41) What is the noise of the bilgewater doing? Splashing on the ground. But noises don’t splash (though a splash can be a noise), so perhaps we should take ‘the noise of his bilgewater [.
The Malaga raisins. Thinking of Spain. [. ] The phosphorescence, that bluey greeny. Very good for the brain. 21–6) It is not phosphorus or ‘phosphorescence’ nor the smells nor Malaga raisins that are good for the brain, and certainly not bluey greeny codﬁsh, but, according to popular lore, ﬁsh in general. Reading Ulysses, like reading (as well as listening) in general, requires minor logical adjustments of fragmentary imprecision. 3 An uncouth sentence matches an awkward coordination of reading eyes and walking feet.
9 On the verso of the letter to Harriet Shaw Weaver dated 12 October 1923, Joyce penned a schema with correspondences between the ‘Four Old Men’ or ‘Mamalujo’ and the four provinces of Ireland (SL 297). 10 See Attridge’s essay. This is analogous to Lawrence’s ‘surplus’ as the excess which resists incorporation into our interpretive schemes (The Odyssey of Style in ‘Ulysses’ , 208). 11 See Boldrini’s and, for a more postcolonial framework of analysis, McGee’s essays in the present volume. See also my ‘The Perversions of “Aerse” and the Anglo-Irish Middle Voice in Finnegans Wake’.
Antigone's Claim: Kinship Between Life and Death (The Wellek Library Lectures) by Judith Butler