Irish <i>Antigone</i> and Burying the Dead

Fiona Macintosh

in Antigone on the Contemporary World Stage

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199586196
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191728754 | DOI:

Series: Classical Presences

Irish Antigone and Burying the Dead

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This chapter examines Antigone's popularity in Ireland beginning with the first adaptation by Frank McGuinness in the mid-1980s, and including subsequent adaptations by Tom Paulin, Aidan Carl Matthews, Brendan Kennelly, Pat Murphy (a film version), Seamus Heaney, Conall Morrison, and Owen McCafferty. In a country where ritual lamentation and public burial are live and central traditions, Antigone has served as an embodiment of feminine resistance to colonial oppression and patriarchy. The chapter argues that Antigone is a modern play — and a modern figure — linked with Ireland and its archetypal mythical figures such as Deirdre.

Keywords: Greek tragedy; Antigone; Irish theatre; classics; comparative literature; reception; post-colonial; Sophocles; Frank McGuinness

Chapter.  5442 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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