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Private Lives, Public Deaths
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In Private Lives, Public Deaths, Jonathan Strauss shows how Sophocles' tragedy Antigone crystallized the political, intellectual, and aesthetic forces of an entire historical moment--fifth-century Athens--into one idea: the value of a single, living person. That idea existed, however, only as a powerful but unconscious desire. Drawing on classical studies, Hegel, and contemporary philosophical interpretations of this pivotal drama, Strauss argues that Antigone's tragedy, and perhaps all classical tragedy, represents a failure to satisfy this longing. To the extent that the value of a living individual remains an open question, what Sophocles attempted to imagine still escapes our understanding. Antigone is, in this sense, a text not from the past, but from our future.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Note on Greek Transliterations
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction: Tragedy, the City, and Its Dead
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. One Two Orders of Individuality
  2. pp. 16-35
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  1. Two The Citizen
  2. pp. 36-48
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  1. Three Loss Embodied
  2. pp. 49-61
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  1. Four States of Exclusion
  2. pp. 62-84
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  1. Five Inventing Life
  2. pp. 85-100
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  1. Six Mourning, Longing, Loving
  2. pp. 101-124
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  1. Seven Exit Tragedy
  2. pp. 125-140
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  1. Appendixes
  2. pp. 141-148
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 149-198
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 199-208
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 209-218
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