Abstract

Is it possible to be both modern and tragic? Kierkegaard’s modern Antigone, the figure he creates as an exemplar of the modern tragic, is generally taken to be an endorsement of the tragic as an aesthetic ideal, but this overlooks the cautionary elements in Kierkegaard’s essay, “The Tragic,” in Either/Or. Tracing the limits he imposes, I argue that Kierkegaard is acutely aware that his Antigone, the heroine he puts forward, is trapped precisely by her desire to be a tragic figure, which in turn forces a sacrifice of who she is.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-329X
Print ISSN
0190-0013
Pages
pp. 188-203
Launched on MUSE
2014-08-18
Open Access
No
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