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In Violence and Grace, Nichole Miller establishes a conceptual link between early modern English drama and twentieth-century political theology, both of which emerge from the experience of political crisis. Even as philosophers from Max Weber, Carl Schmitt, and Walter Benjamin to Hannah Arendt and Simone Weil drew upon sixteenth- and seventeenth-century dramatic representations of the nation-state to analyze the political phenomena of late modernity, Miller contends that they effaced the gendered and sexual dimensions of power and “exceptional life” so crucial to these plays. Miller’s analyses accordingly undertake to retrieve for political theology the relations between gender, sexuality, and the political aesthetics of violence on the early modern stage, addressing the plays of Marlowe, Middleton, and especially Shakespeare. In doing so, she compellingly expands our understanding of drama’s continuing theoretical impact.



 


Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-2
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  1. Introduction. The Problem: Exceptional Life
  2. pp. 3-20
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  1. Part One: States of Affliction
  2. pp. 21-22
  1. Prologue. The Sexual Politics of Pain: Hannah Arendt Meets Shakespeare’s Shrew
  2. pp. 23-34
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  1. Chapter One. Undead Letters: Reading the Relic between Marlowe and Kantorowicz
  2. pp. 35-60
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  1. Chapter Two. The Revenger’s Decision: Exceptional Law between Middleton and Schmitt
  2. pp. 61-96
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  1. Part Two: States of Grace
  2. pp. 97-98
  1. Chapter Three. Sacred Life and Sacrificial Economy: Coriolanus in No-Man’s-Land
  2. pp. 99-132
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  1. Chapter Four. The Aesthetics of Messianic Time: Gravity and Grace in King Lear
  2. pp. 133-160
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  1. Chapter Five. Paul’s Call; Cymbeline’s Calling
  2. pp. 161-182
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  1. Epilogue Last Words: The Stakes of Reading / Political Life
  2. pp. 183-186
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 187-240
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 241-245
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780810168084
Related ISBN
9780810130142
MARC Record
OCLC
900173422
Pages
255
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-14
Language
English
Open Access
No
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