Art and Myth: Beyond Binaries

  • Susanne Claxton


Employing the Agambean analysis of sovereign power as always involving a state of exception, as well as Heidegger’s ideas on art and truth as aletheia, an analysis of von Trier’s Antichrist is undertaken so as to demonstrate that the film ought best be understood as a work of art that acknowledges yet challenges the standard and ruling binaries of man and woman, masculine and feminine, culture and nature, and the paradigm of which they are a part, so as to make possible the unconcealment of an alternative “truth” that is hidden and obscured by the ruling paradigm and its binaries. Thus, new possibilities for both meaning and human being are discovered.


Agamben Aletheia Binaries Heidegger Lilith Myth 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susanne Claxton
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  1. 1.Humanities FacultySouthern New Hampshire UniversityHooksettUSA

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