The Tears of Sovereignty
Perspectives of Power in Renaissance Drama
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Fordham University Press
Title Page, Copyright
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Ac know ledg ments
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Th is book has taken me a long time to fi nish. During the course of its writing and the many turns that have accompanied it, I have accumu-lated an enormous amount of debt— but some kinds of debt are good. It is a plea sure to be able to recognize and thank the extraordinary teachers, scholars, colleagues, students, friends, and family, without ...
Introduction: Th e Body Is Burning—Sovereignty, Image, Trope
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.... . . as though literature, theater, deceit, infi delity, hypocrisy, infelicity, parasitism, and the simulation of real life were not part of real life!O n December 1, 1613, En gland’s King James I ordered that a book, A Defense of the Catholic Faith against the Errors of the Anglican Sect (De-fensio fi dei), by the Jesuit theologian and phi los o pher Francisco Suárez, be ...
1Breakdown: Analogy and Ontotheologyin Richard II
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...[H]owever one attempts to explain away the impact of the question of analogy on that of being, the simple fact that the notion of analogy can and must be brought to bear upon the question of being shows that this notion Th is word analogy is not only obscure, like a word whose concept or theo-rem, whose theoretical tenor, is invisible or inaccessible: it is obscure and ...
2Reanimation: Th e Logic of Transferin Mea sure for Mea sure
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What is re- presenting, if not presenting anew (in the modality of time) or in the place of (in the modality of space)? Th e prefi x re- introduces into the term the value of substitution. Something that was present and is no longer Th e sovereign is not an angel, but, one might say, he who plays the sover-I n the second installment of his “brain- dead trilogy,” Todo Sobre ...
3Re sis tance: Waiting for Powerin Fuenteovejuna
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Th e sovereign is the representative of history. He holds the course of his-tory in his hand like a sceptre. Th is view is by no means peculiar to the dramatists. It is based on certain constitutional notions. A new concept of sovereignty emerged in the seventeenth century from a fi nal discussion of the juridical doctrines of the middle ages. Th e old exemplary problem of ...
4Transformation: Th e Body Moves Outin Life Is a Dream
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For hardly has an argument begun, than it is immediately transformed by one or other of the speakers into a meta phor which keeps on being ex-tended . . . Th us it is that ideas evaporate into images . . . A cipher has two meanings. When we come upon an important letter, whose meaning is clear but where we are told that the meaning is veiled ...
5Return: Th e “Wrinkles” of Mysteryin Th e Winter’s Tale
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Th e word “eﬀ ect,” from the Latin eﬀ ectus, the past participle of eﬃ cere, “to bring about, to accomplish, to eﬀ ect, to perform,” in eﬀ ect (that is to say, virtually) comes to stand for any event or action whose structure fi nds its prime model in the theological, perhaps even theistic concept of God the being that has no cause outside itself (hence the most metaphysical of God’s ...
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I n lieu of a conclusion, I would like to consider what remains. What, in the end, do the “tears,” or tropes of sovereignty, come to-gether to show? Th roughout these pages, I have focused on both how the problem of sovereignty has been imagined by the great playwrights of the early modern period, and also on how their visions continue to ...
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Publication Year: 2013