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  • Law’s Stench: Antigone’s Materialist Approach to Law

    Zachary Low Reyna

    Chapter from the book: Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, A et al. 2023. SMELL.


    This chapter offers an experimental, olfactory reading of Sophocles’ Antigone that foregrounds the scent of Polynices’ decomposing corpse to reimagine law and its possibilities. The goal is to highlight a third account of law circulating in the play—irreducible to either Creon’s legal positivist edict or Antigone’s natural law appeal to the gods—and to inquire into its materiality and how legal materialist scholarship might attend to it.

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    Reyna, Z. 2023. Law’s Stench: Antigone’s Materialist Approach to Law. In: Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, A et al (eds.), SMELL. London: University of Westminster Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.16997/book68.k

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    Published on Dec. 4, 2023