Antigones: How the Antigone Legend Has Endured in Western Literature, Art, and Thought

October 30, 1996|
Antigones: How the Antigone Legend Has Endured in Western Literature, Art, and Thought by George Steiner
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According to Greek legend, Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus, secretly buried her brother in defiance of the order of Creon, king of Thebes. Sentenced to death by Creon, she forestalled him by committing suicide. The theme of the conflict between Antigone and Creon—between the state and the individual, between man and woman, between young and old—has captured the Western imagination for more than 2000 years. George Steiner here examines the far-reaching legacy of this great classical myth. He considers its treatment in Western art, literature, and thought—in drama, poetry, prose, philosophic discourse, political tracts, opera, ballet, film, and even the plastic arts.  A study in poetics and in the philosophy of reading, Antigones leads us to look again at the influence the Greek myths exercise on twentieth-century culture.

"A remarkable feat of intellectual agility."—Washington Post Book World

"[An] intellectually demanding but rewarding book. . . consistently stimulating and sometimes disturbing."—The New Republic

"An. . . account of the various treatments of the Antigone theme in European languages. . . Penetrating and novel."—The New York Times Book Review

"A tradition of intelligence and style lives in this prolific man."—Los Angeles Times

"Antigones triumphantly demonstrates that Antigone could fill several volumes of study without becoming tedious or exhausted."—The New York Review of Books
George Steiner was born in 1929 in Paris, but also lived in Vienna and New York. Steiner was a critic, novelist, philosopher, translator, and educator. Currently, he is a professor at Cambridge University and the University of Geneva. He has written for the New Yorker for over thirty years and has published the books No Passion Spent, ...
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Title:Antigones: How the Antigone Legend Has Endured in Western Literature, Art, and Thought
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:328 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:328 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 1 in
Published:October 30, 1996
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300069150

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