Comolli reads this surplus as a blockage to illusion: "The coded is more visible, the supposedly known more awkward, the belief more problematic: there is more to denegate
, a body and a knowledge too much" (19).
Antigone is already beyond this life at the play's start; Sygne enters this comparable realm at the sacrificial moment of consenting to marriage with the family enemy, and the statuses of both protagonists are defined at the level of what they must denegate
and what they must subsequently identify with, above and beyond their temporary situation in the space of between-two-deaths.
Also, note Taylor's discussion of agape as the "gift" given by the "sacred" that denegates