Family values

Family values Butler, Lacan and the rise of Antigone Cecilia sjöholm * Judith Butler, Antigoneʼs Claim: Kinship Between Life and Death, Columbia University Press, New York, 2000. x + 103 pp., £14.50 hb., 0 231 11894 5. One may wonder, with George Steiner, what would have happened if psychoanalysis had chosen Antigone, rather than Oedipus, […]

Oedipus as figure

Oedipus as figure Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe It is probable, or at the very least plausible, that Western humanity now models itself on two figures or types – two ʻexamplesʼ, if you like. They appear to be antagonistic (or are at least supported by antagonistic discourses), but their antagonism also binds together, and founds, their kinship, as […]

Transcendental cinema

Transcendental cinema Deleuze, time and modernity Christian kerslake In the preface to the English edition of Cinema 2, Deleuze claims that cinema is a repetition, in speededup form, of an experience that has already occurred in the history of philosophy. [1] This notion of repetition recalls the biological notion of the ʻrecapitulationʼ of phylogeny in […]