31 mar. 2014

Del Levítico shakespeareano: no comerás la sangre del Soberano

Daniel Juan Gil
Shakespeare's anti-politics : sovereign power and the life of the flesh
Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY., 2013, vi, 167 pp.
ISBN: 9781137275004

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.

Acknowledgments vi

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


Daniel Juan Gil is the author of Before Intimacy: Asocial Sexuality in Early Modern England (2006). He has written widely on cultural sociology, sexuality, religion, and the body, and his articles have appeared in prominent journals including ELH, Shakespeare Quarterly, Borrowers and Lenders and Common Knowledge


Levítico 17:14: No comeréis la sangre de ninguna carne, porque la vida de toda carne es su sangre, cualquiera que la comiere será exterminado

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