Antigone's Ghosts: The Long Legacy of War and Genocide in Five Countries

Antigone's Ghosts: The Long Legacy of War and Genocide in Five Countries

by Mark A. Wolfgram


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Sophocles' play Antigone is a starting point for understanding the perpetual problems of human societies, families, and individuals who are caught up in the terrible aftermath of mass violence. What is one to do after the killing has stopped? What can be done to prevent a round of new violence? The tragic and dramatic tension in the play is put in motion by setting an unyielding Antigone against King Creon. As we see through the investigation of how Germany, Japan, Spain, Yugoslavia and Turkey have dealt with their histories of mass violence and genocide in the 20th century, the forces represented by Antigone and Creon remain very much part of our world today.  Through a comparison of the five countries, their political institutions, and cultural traditions, we begin to appreciate the different pathways that societies have taken when confronting their violent histories.

Published by Bucknell University Press. Distributed worldwide by Rutgers University Press.

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ISBN-13: 9781684480050
Publisher: Bucknell University Press
Publication date: 12/14/2018
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

About the Author

Mark A. Wolfgram is a lecturer in political science at McGill University.  His previous book, Getting History Right: East and West German Collective Memories of the Holocaust and War was published by Bucknell University Press in 2011.

Table of Contents

Note on Translations ix

Introduction 1

1 Germany 41

2 Japan 71

3 Spain 99

4 Yugoslavia 132

5 Turkey 171

Conclusion 212

Acknowledgments 221

Notes 223

Bibliography 253

Literature, Memoirs, and Theater Plays 253

Nonfiction 255

Filmography 273

Index 279

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