Birth Passages: Maternity and Nostalgia, Antiquity to Shakespeare

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Enough:
The Winter's Tale

Antigone too needs to emerge from the domination, the
empire of one law—in order to move in herself and in the
universe as in a living house. It is important that life, blood,
air, water and fire should be given back to her for her share,
and not simply that she should be there to serve the cult of
something which is already dead: individuals or laws.

—Luce Irigaray

Irigaray, dissatisfied with her early sense of Antigone as the woman created by masculine culture because that sense leaves her languishing in the crypt, mounts a kind of rescue mission of the Theban woman, restoring to her the vital signs of mobility and breath. 1. The relevance of this restoration to the concluding action of The Winter's Tale is manifest, but before turning to Shakespeare's late play and the strange processes by which the restoration occurs, I make a final turn to Winnicott.

As I have maintained throughout this book, we need to change the common understanding of Winnicott as the man who promulgated the

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1.
Luce Irigaray, “Love of Same, Love of Other” (1984), in An Ethics of Sexual Difference, trans. Carolyn Burke and Gillian Gill (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1993), 97-115, at 108.

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