Misreading Postmodern Antigone

Marco Bellocchio’s Devil in the Flesh (Diavolo in Corpo)

Jan Jagodzinski

Misreading Postmodern Antigone

Jan Jagodzinski

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

158 pages | 5 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2011
Paper $35.50 ISBN: 9781841503615 Published February 2011 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
In the mid-1980s, film director Marco Bellocchio and renegade psychoanalyst Massimo Fagioli cowrote The Devil in the Flesh, a politically and sexually charged film illustrating some of Fagioli’s controversial theories. Echoing the anti-Lacanian sentiment popularized by Gilles Deleuze, the film is perhaps best remembered for a scene in which the character Andrea misreads a section of the famous Greek tragedy Antigone. But this scene has itself been frequently misread, opening up the text to questions of feminism, politics, and the representation of Antigone—a figure frequently used and abused in feminist politics. Displaying considerable analytic depth, Misreading Postmodern Antigone considers these divergent readings and what they have to tell us about contemporary society.

Introduction: Devil in the Flesh

Chapter 1: A Descriptive Analysis of the Text
Chapter 2: Sophocles’ Trilogy: Patriarchy Against Matriarchy?
Chapter 3: Antigone’s Daughter and Haemon’s Son Invade the Red Brigades
Chapter 4: Frames Within Frames: The Letter
Chapter 5: Antigones’ Frames

Chapter 6: The Hysteric’s Discourse: The Undutiful Daughter

Chapter 7: Leaving the Text: A Shock To Thought

Chapter 8: Into the Image: From Hysteria To the Schizo

Concluding Remarks


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