Styles of Piety: Practicing Philosophy after the Death of God

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Tragic Dislocations

Antigone's Modern Theatrics

Tina Chanter

Dedicated to the memory of
Sarah Kofman


The Modern Tragedy of Ancient Greece

Where to begin? In which time, or what place? With modernity or antiquity? And would there be a difference? Is it certain that there would be anywhere for me to begin beyond the tomb, the cave, the womb that suffocates Antigone? Would it be possible to start from anywhere other than the feminine, rather than the masculine? Or would it be possible to start from anywhere other than the masculine? I will try to remain here in the interval between: between the particular and the universal, the feminine and the masculine, the spirit and the law, the private and the public, the blood ties of the familial bond and the civic ties of the political state, between ancient Greece and modernity, between Antigone and Oedipus, between a suffocating space in which Antigone is walled up and the Oedipal desire to know. I will speak from the gap that is the lapse of words, and will not string together in a series the various words Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe employs to designate such a lapse within the

An earlier version of this essay was published in Differences: A Journal of Feminist
Cultural Studies
10, no. 1 (Spring 1998): 75–97. I am grateful to Ewa Ziarek, at the
English Department of the University of Notre Dame, for inviting me to present the
essay in March 1997, and to the Philosophy Department of Vanderbilt University
for asking me to present it at the conference "Styles of Piety," also in March 1997.
Both occasions provided me with the opportunity to reflect on and revise the essay.

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