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Topics in Political Theology and Ethics

The main title for this seminar is taken from Ismene’s description of her sister Antigone’s embodied act of political resistance in burying their dead brother’s dishonoured body, which causes her own burial by the ruler Creon. After reading Sophocles’ Antigone alongside the discussion of erotics, mania and philosophy in Plato’s Phaedrus, we will pair the poetic mystical works of four women: Julian of Norwich’s Revelations of Divine Love with Annie Dillard’s Holy the Firm, and Marguerite Porete’s Mirror of Simple Souls with Simone Weil’s Gravity and Grace. We will read them as textual embodiments of religio-political resistance to conventional political theologies.

RELIGST 775

Topics in Political Theology and Ethics

Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): Graduate Term(s): Fall Offered?: No

The main title for this seminar is taken from Ismene’s description of her sister Antigone’s embodied act of political resistance in burying their dead brother’s dishonoured body, which causes her own burial by the ruler Creon. After reading Sophocles’ Antigone alongside the discussion of erotics, mania and philosophy in Plato’s Phaedrus, we will pair the poetic mystical works of four women: Julian of Norwich’s Revelations of Divine Love with Annie Dillard’s Holy the Firm, and Marguerite Porete’s Mirror of Simple Souls with Simone Weil’s Gravity and Grace. We will read them as textual embodiments of religio-political resistance to conventional political theologies.


Travis Kroeker

Professor