). In discussing their attitudes towards Antigone, the article raises the long- standing wealth of critical studies, notably George Steiner's Antigones (). How the Antigone Legend Has Endured in Western Literature, Art, and George Steiner here examines the far-reaching legacy of this great classical myth. George Steiner's erudition is as exuberant as ever. The latest book, like its predecessors, teems with esoteric references, recondite allusions.
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ANTIGONES HOW THE ANTIGONE LEGEND HAS ENDURED IN WESTERN LITERATURE, ART, AND THOUGHT GEORGE STEINER YALE UNIVERSITY. According to Greek legend, Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, secretly buried her Antigones. George Steiner. Abstract. This book examines the far-reaching. This phenomenon itself has attracted a wealth of critical studies, notably George Steiner's Antigones (). Moreover, as any survey of critical.
Description Reviews 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 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. Penetrating and novel.
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.
Penetrating and novel. He is a well-known reviewer for the New Yorker, the Times Literary Supplement, and other American and European journals, and he is the author of numerous books that have been translated into a dozen languages.
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He dwells on the fact of her youth: She is a young woman, a girl really, whose pure unseasoned will to extremity, whose gallant, immature resistance to compromise and resolution, give her at first a desolate satisfaction that turns finally to doubt and despair. This description brings home the difference which readers are apt to forget between being a tragic heroine and watching one: What looks like demonic grandeur from the outside is lonely misery from within.
Hermeneutics was once the fairly humble art of interpreting texts, particularly the Bible. When, in half-conscious rivalry with the scientists, who often spoke of reading the book of nature, the human world began to be construed as a text, hermeneutics ceased to be mere philology and became philosophy.
Effective-history, or, perhaps better, actual-history, traces the effect a text has had through time what might be called its longitudinal influence. The hypothesis is that the historical conduit is an actual constituent of our present readings; we live in a world shaped by previous interpretations; and a properly self-aware approach to the texts of our tradition requires the recovery of their earlier receptions—one might say that books bear the patina of their previous readings.
Antigone appears to be the most rewarding subject imaginable for an effective-history. Steiner begins his book by showing that between c. Hence it inspired not only interpretative commentary but a vast number of translations, adaptations, retellings, reversifications, and libretti. In sum, it underwent every sort of attempt at faithful recovery and originative recapture.
It seems to me a dubious assumption.
It is rather the result of a deliberate classical education of the sort that Steiner tells us he received at the French Lycee in Manhattan and that I could still piece together at Brooklyn College. This is a pedagogic order that has been disrupted.
Their cultural history has become as effectively ineffective for them as it would be if they had none. Consequently, they face the textual tradition without tradition.
In the St. On the whole, this seems to me to work very well. I have more faith in the episodic recollections that mark a renaissance than in the unbroken memory of history.