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What is the gender of political power ? What happens to the history of sovereignty when we reconsider it from a gender perspective ? Political sovereignty has been a major theme in European thought from the very beginning of intellectual reflection on community. Philosophy and political theory, historiography, theology, and literature and the arts have, often in dialogue with one another, sought to represent or recalibrate notions of rule. Yet whatever covenant was imagined, sovereign rule has consistently been figured as a male prerogative While in-depth studies of historical women rulers have proliferated in the past decades, these have not systematically explored how all women rulers throughout the entirety of European culture have had to operate in a context that could not think power as female – except in grotesque terms. Strategic Imaginations demonstrates that this constitutive tension can only be brought out by studying women’s political rule in a comparative and longue durée manner. The book offers a collection of essays that brings together studies of female sovereignty from the Polish-Lithuanian to the British Commonwealth, and from the Middle Ages to the genesis of modern democracy. It addresses historical figures and takes stock of the rich yet unsettling imagination of female rule in philosophy, literature and art history. For all the variety of geographical, social, and historical contexts it engages, the book reveals surprising resonances between the strategies women rulers used and the images and practices they adopted in the context of an all-pervasive skepticism toward female rule. What is the gender of political power ? What happens to the history of sovereignty when we reconsider it from a gender perspective ? Political sovereignty has been a major theme in European thought from the very beginning of intellectual reflection on community. Philosophy and political theory, historiography, theology, and literature and the arts have, often in dialogue with one another, sought to represent or recalibrate notions of rule. Yet whatever covenant was imagined, sovereign rule has consistently been figured as a male prerogative While in-depth studies of historical women rulers have proliferated in the past decades, these have not systematically explored how all women rulers throughout the entirety of European culture have had to operate in a context that could not think power as female – except in grotesque terms. Strategic Imaginations demonstrates that this constitutive tension can only be brought out by studying women’s political rule in a comparative and longue durée manner. The book offers a collection of essays that brings together studies of female sovereignty from the Polish-Lithuanian to the British Commonwealth, and from the Middle Ages to the genesis of modern democracy. It addresses historical figures and takes stock of the rich yet unsettling imagination of female rule in philosophy, literature and art history. For all the variety of geographical, social, and historical contexts it engages, the book reveals surprising resonances between the strategies women rulers used and the images and practices they adopted in the context of an all-pervasive skepticism toward female rule.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. On Gender, Sovereignty and Imagination
  2. Anke Gilleir
  3. pp. 7-26
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  1. Part 1: Representations of Female Sovereignty
  1. Camilla and Candacis
  2. Ann-Kathrin Deininger, Jasmin Leuchtenberg
  3. pp. 29-60
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  1. Royal Housewives and Female Tyrants
  2. Elisabeth Krimmer
  3. pp. 61-84
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  1. Of Maidens and Virgins, Or, Sparking Military Alliance
  2. Maha El Hissy
  3. pp. 85-108
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  1. Relational Authority and Female Sovereignty
  2. Beatrijs Vanacker
  3. pp. 109-133
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  1. The Sound of Sovereignty
  2. Josephine Hoegaerts
  3. pp. 135-155
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  1. Part 2: Places and Spaces of Power
  1. The Queen from the South
  2. Ayaal Herdam, David J. Smallwood
  3. pp. 159-180
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  1. The Spaces of Female Sovereignty in Early Modern Spain
  2. María Cristina Quintero
  3. pp. 181-200
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  1. French Aristocrat and Polish Queen
  2. Jarosław Pietrzak
  3. pp. 201-228
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  1. Becoming British
  2. Joanna Marschner
  3. pp. 229-254
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  1. Taming the Sovereign
  2. Virginia McKendry
  3. pp. 255-290
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  1. Discourses of Sovereignty as an Obstacle to Women’S Suffrage?
  2. Marnix Beyen
  3. pp. 291-305
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  1. About the Authors
  2. pp. 307-309
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789461663504
Related ISBN
9789462702479
MARC Record
OCLC
1196818705
Launched on MUSE
2020-12-14
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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