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Distributed Agency in Tragic Social Networks

Francesca Spiegel

Humboldt University of Berlin

This talk argues, reading Greek tragedy through Sophocles and with Latour, how tragic agency – responsibility for dire events – is distributed across a whole community or network, rather than being concentrated upon a single character or scapegoat.

My reading replaces the traditional focus on ritual, scapegoating and character flaws with the study of structural social exclusion and its devices.

Session/Panel Title

Lightning Talks 2: Poetry and Language

Session/Paper Number

51.4

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