Reception of the Antigone (4694 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

Andrés Fabián Henao Castro (University of Massachusetts, Boston); Melissa Mueller (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
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Sophocles’ Antigone has been more often adapted and rewritten than any other Greek tragedy, according to George Steiner, whose 1984 book Antigones brought unprecedented attention to the reception of this play. Steiner (1984) focuses on Antigone’s position within 18th and 19th century Western European thought, but in fact scholars and artists from all corners of the globe have engaged with this Sophoclean heroine. Antigone has been a symbol for the anti-colonial struggle against apartheid in the African Diaspora (Brathwaite 1962, Fugard, Kani and Ntshona 1973). She has been a touchstone of debates involving anti-fascist organizations in Europe in the aftermath of the Second World War (Anouilh 1944, …

Citation: Henao Castro, Andrés Fabián, Melissa Mueller. "Reception of the Antigone". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 November 2012 [, accessed 19 June 2021.]

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