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Binding ViolenceLiterary Visions of Political Origins$
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Moira Fradinger

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804763301

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804763301.001.0001

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The Most Modern of Tragedies: The Politics of Burial

The Most Modern of Tragedies: The Politics of Burial

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(p.46) The Most Modern of Tragedies: The Politics of Burial
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Binding Violence
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804763301.003.0003

This chapter analyzes the link between democracy and the tragedy. It argues that the absence of intervening gods places the funeral rite in the realm of political autonomy, confronting two forms of political speech—a ritual and an edict. Antigone's laws differ from Creon's not because hers are godly but because they have not been pronounced by one single authority. Antigone's is the rule of law; Creon's is the rule of men. Both characters expose two disparate forms of regulating internal violence.

Keywords:   tragedy, democracy, funeral rite, political autonomy, ritual, edict, political speech, Creon, internal violence

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