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Antigone on the Contemporary World Stage

Erin B. Mee and Helene P. Foley


This book analyses what happens to Sophocles' play as it is adapted and (re)produced around the world, and it focuses specifically on Antigone in performance. The chapters highlight the numerous ways in which social, political, historical, and cultural contexts transform the material; how artists and audiences in diverse societies including Argentina, The Congo, Finland, Haiti, India, Japan, and the United States interact with it; and the variety of issues it has been used to address.

Keywords: Greek tragedy, Antigone, reception, theatre, Sophocles, performance, adaptation, ritual

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199586196
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586196.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erin B. Mee, editor
Assistant Professor, Swarthmore College

Helene P. Foley, editor
Professor of Classics, Barnard College, Columbia University

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1 Mobilizing Antigone

Erin B. Mee and Helene P. Foley

Part I Antigone in Antiquity

Part II An Ancient Greek Play?

3 An Argentine Tradition

Moira Fradinger

Part III Cultural And Political Freedom

Part IV Antigone and Human Rights

Part V Individual versus Collective

Part VI Antigone as Dissident

Part VII Cultural Memory

Part VIII Sophocles versus Anouilh

19 Antigone in Egypt

Nehad Selaiha