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By Kathrin H. Rosenfield, Charles B. Duff

ISBN-10: 1934542229

ISBN-13: 9781934542224

Following Friedrich Hölderlin’s insights, the writer unearths an ignored old aspect – the epiclerate – that makes Antigone the heiress to the throne of Thebes. Creon’s activities gather new which means, as does Antigone’s resistance, and a virtually Hitchcockian drama emerges from subtleties within the Greek textual content. Hölderlin brings us totally rounded characters, and we suppose the fun of genuine tragedy. Rosenfield argues that Hölderlin could have come toward the spirit of Sophocles and the Athenian enlightenment than later, extra scholarly, translators and critics, an issue that redeems a misunderstood translation of an enormous Romantic writer and demonstrates comparative method of literature – realizing a German poet’s method of a Greek tragedy –can elevate inventive excitement and deepen our figuring out of the customarily unusual Greek mentality. Rosenfield's Antigone is now to be had to an English talking viewers for the 1st time. It includes a particular preface for the English variation and some stylistic adjustments making the essay more uncomplicated to learn for a public no longer popular with the tips of German Idealism.


The artwork of Sophocles has parallels with smooth outlooks, even supposing fifth-century Athens used to be very assorted from our international. Rosenfield's aspect of departure is a detailed examining of Friederich Hölderlin's translation that makes those parallels believable. She exhibits that poetic intelligence should be as worthwhile a serious device as old or philological wisdom. Following Hölderlin, she unearths a historic element to this point disregarded, the epiclerate, some extent of Greek legislations that provides Antigone political value and offers the play a fully-rounded tragic plot, ambiguous and paradoxical. Antigone isn't an blameless virgin sacrificed by way of a power-thirsty villain. She is a fierce and unsettling heroine in a nearly hitchcockian drama. construction on Hölderlin, Rosenfield brings out what's 'modern' in classical Greek drama: the moral sense of everlasting unsettling shifts in human activities, intentions and emotions, the gripping, unstated secrets and techniques hidden within the ironies of the Greek textual content. Her scholarly argument indicates that Hölderlin can have come towards the spirit of Sophocles, Themistocles and Pericles than later, extra scholarly, translators and critics.


Kathrin H. Rosenfield is a professor within the school of Literatura and Philosophy on the Federal college of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. trained in Salzburg, Vienna, and Paris, she has lengthy mixed literary feedback with a convention in psychotherapy and an energetic occupation within the theatre. Her publication Desenveredando Rosa received Brazil’s most popular literary award in 2007. various types of her ebook on Sophocles´ Antigone were released in Brazil (L&PM, Porto Alegre, 2000, Zahar, Rio de Janeiro, 2002, Topbooks, Rio de Janeiro, 2006) and France (Galilee, 2001).

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Hölderlin translates as if he were thinking of the myth of the three Gorgons, who shared one eye and one tooth and passed these “appendages” from one to another as they watched out for their victims. In the case of Antigone, the common “head” has an obligation to plan a rational action that can restore the damage that Creon, by his decree and by the illegitimacy of his rule, has done to the virtues of community, honor, and rectitude in Thebes. But Ismene will not join this “common” effort. She will be fearful and wavering, and Antigone will threaten her with hatred from beyond the grave.

But the guardsman spares him no sympathy. Secure in his involuntary complicity, he indulges in the pleasure of speaking truth, coarsely, to power: Der Thäter plagt den Sinn, die Ohren ich. The criminal tortures your mind. I just hurt your ears. ” “Thäter” (the one who does the deed) is Antigone—Young Girl or Queen? 15 a neutral term, somewhere between accusation and admiration. Hölderlin’s Creon realizes that the people may admire the person who buried Polyneices, and that his strategy may backfire.

Thäter” (the one who does the deed) is Antigone—Young Girl or Queen? 15 a neutral term, somewhere between accusation and admiration. Hölderlin’s Creon realizes that the people may admire the person who buried Polyneices, and that his strategy may backfire. He is slow to come out of his moment of sad reverie. Rather than punish the guardsman’s insolence, he groans under the weight of the guardsman’s dire-sounding perspicacity: O mir! welch furchtbarer Sprechart bist du geboren? Ah, me! What awful speech I must use and endure!

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