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Cambridge University Press Sophocles' Antigone is a touchstone in democratic, feminist and legal theory, and possibly the most commented upon play in the history of philosophy and political theory. Bonnie Honig's rereading of it therefore involves intervening in a host of literatures and unsettling many of their governing assumptions. Exploring the power of Antigone in a variety of political, cultural, and theoretical settings, Honig identifies the 'Antigone-effect' - which moves those who enlist Antigone for their politics from activism into lamentation.

She argues that Antigone's own lamentations can be seen not just as signs of dissidence but rather as markers of a rival world view with its own sovereignty and vitality. Honig argues that the play does not offer simply a model for resistance politics or 'equal dignity in death', but a more positive politics of counter-sovereignty and solidarity which emphasizes equality in life.

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Matthew Hiscock - - Classical Antiquity 37 1 Antigone, Interrupted by Bonnie Honig. Lorna Hardwick - - American Journal of Philology 1 Derek Barker - - Polis 23 1 Butler, Antigone and the State. Moya Lloyd - - Contemporary Political Theory 4 4 Antigone's Laments, Creon's Grief. Bonnie Honig - - Political Theory 37 1 Luce Irigaray - - In S. Oxford University Press. Arlene W. Saxonhouse - - Political Theory 33 4 She argues that Antigone's own lamentations can be seen not just as signs of dissidence but rather as markers of a rival world view with its own sovereignty and vitality.

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Honig argues that the play does not offer simply a model for resistance politics or 'equal dignity in death', but a more positive politics of counter-sovereignty and solidarity which emphasizes equality in life. We have all struggled so hard to make the words mean in this or that way that we have perhaps forgotten the more dramatic features of the text in which relationships rupture, words trail off, and events still language.

This book offers a trenchant analysis of sovereignty, belonging, and freedom through a perspective at once dramatic, literary, and political. Honig's sustained engagement with contemporary criticism shows how important the figure and text of Antigone is for any effort to think about the risks and the necessity of contestatory democratic culture.

Engaged and engaging, sophisticated and polemical, Antigone, Interrupted interrupts the critical mainstream with real political urgency and edge. The book is not primarily an analysis of these debates though one learns a great deal about them along the way , but an attempt to make a striking intervention in them. Bonnie Honig's Antigone, Interrupted, offers much to praise and is certainly a book worth reading, contesting, and interrupting for all interested in contemporary political theory.

It demonstrates the ongoing significance and contestability of Antigone, for democratic theory, feminist theory, and political thought more generally. Kirkland, Review of Politics 'Antigone, Interrupted is a significant book. Like all of Honig's work, it is theoretically sophisticated, erudite, and engaging, furnishing both a trenchant critique of prior interpretations of Antigone and an original, provocative, and highly political revisioning of the play.

In so doing, it asks significant questions not only about the political consequences and risks of privileging mortality and vulnerability as ontological facts of the human condition but also about the terms of democratic political engagement. It deserves to be widely read. Honig's readings of the text Kirkland, Review of Politics "Antigone, Interrupted is a significant book.

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