By Judith Butler
The prestigious writer of Gender difficulty right here redefines Antigone's legacy, recuperating her innovative importance and freeing it for a revolutionary 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 varieties of strength that she opposes, because the kind of defiance she exemplifies additionally results in her demise. Butler argues that Antigone represents a sort of feminist and sexual organization that's fraught with possibility. in addition, Antigone indicates how a tradition of normative heterosexuality obstructs our ability to determine what sexual freedom and political organization should be.
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Becomes the utterance that performatively attributes the very force to the law that the law itself is said to exercise. “It is the law” is thus a sign of allegiance to the law, a sign of the desire for the law to be the indisputable law, a theological impulse within the theory of psychoanalysis that seeks to put out of play any criticism of the symbolic father, the law of psychoanalysis itself. Thus the status given to the law is precisely the status given to the phallus, the symbolic place of the father, the indisputable and incontestable.
But does this understanding of universalization work to usher in God (or the gods) through another door? If the Oedipus complex is not universal in one way, but remains universal in another, does it finally matter which way it is universal if the effect is the same? Note that the sense in which the incest taboo is “contingent” is precisely that of “ungrounded”; but what follows from this ungroundedness? It does not follow that the taboo itself might appear as radically alterable or, indeed, eliminable; rather, to the extent that it does appear, it appears in a universal form.
As if taking on the point of view of Creon who cannot get Antigone to perform a full enough confession for him, Hegel concludes this discussion with the claim that “The ethical consciousness must, on account of this actuality and on account of its deed, acknowledge its opposite as its own actuality, [and] 33 02ch 12/3/01 12:16 PM Page 34 L Box HD/Columba/Butler/138797 L Box Unwritten Laws, Aberrant Transmissions must acknowledge its guilt” (284, 348). The opposite of her action is the law that she defies, and Hegel bids Antigone to acknowledge the legitimacy of that law.
Antigone's Claim: Kinship Between Life and Death (The Wellek Library Lectures) by Judith Butler