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Author Gil, Daniel Juan.

Title Shakespeare's anti-politics : sovereign power and the life of the flesh / Daniel Juan Gil
Published [Basingstoke] : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
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Description 1 online resource
Series Palgrave Shakespeare studies
Palgrave Shakespeare studies.
Contents 1. The Historical Conditions of Possibility of the Life of the Flesh: Absolutism, Civic Republicanism and 'Bare Life' in "Julius Caesar" -- 2. The Life of the Condemned: The Autonomous Legal System and the Community of the Flesh in "Measure for Measure" -- 3. Unsettling the Civic Republican Order: The Face of Sovereign Power and the Fate of the Citizen in "Othello" -- 4. Life Outside the Law: Torture and the Flesh in "King Lear" -- Epilogue: The Afterlife of the Life of the Flesh
Summary Rejecting arguments that Shakespeare is either an absolutist or a partisan of civic republican values, this book argues that Shakespeare is essentially anti-political, dissecting the nature of the nation-state and charting a surprising form of resistance to it. For Shakespeare, the nation-state is essentially and inescapably a vehicle of sovereign power, seizing the bodily lives of its subjects to impose regulated subjectivities, roles and identities, including a collective national identity. Shakespeare does not imagine directly opposing sovereign power; rather, he imagines using sovereign power against itself to engineer new forms of selfhood and relationality that escape the orbit of the nation-state. It is the new experiences of selfhood and relationality that flourish in the shadows of sovereign power that Gil terms 'the life of the flesh, ' and he argues that one place where the life of the flesh appears especially prominently is in a non-intimate experience of sexuality
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from title details screen (Palgrave Connect, viewed Aug. 27, 2013)
Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Political and social views.
Politics in literature.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1137275014 (electronic bk.)
9781137275011 (electronic bk.)