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Private Lives, Public Deaths: Antigone and the Invention of Individuality

Jonathan Strauss


In Private Lives/Public Deaths, Jonathan Strauss shows how Sophocles's tragedy Antigone crystalized the political, intellectual, and aesthetic forces of an entire historical moment – fifth-century Athens – into one idea: the value of a single, living person. That idea existed, however, only as a powerful but unconcious desire. Drawing on classical studies, Hegel, and contemporary philosophical interpretations of this pivotal drama, Strauss argues that Antigone's tragedy, and perhaps all classical tragedy, represents the failure to satisfy this desire. To the extent that the value of a living i ... More

Keywords: Antigone, Sophocles, Athens (ancient), Tragedy, Philosophy, Hegel, Individuality, Life, Death

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780823251322
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823251322.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Strauss, author
Miami University