Palgrave Shakespeare Studies

Shakespeare's Anti-Politics

Sovereign Power and the Life of the Flesh

Authors: Gil, D.

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Argues that Shakespeare is anti-political, dissecting the nature of the nation-state and charting a surprising form of resistance to it, using sovereign power against itself to engineer new forms of selfhood and relationality that escape the orbit of the nation-state. It is these new experiences that the book terms 'the life of the flesh'.

About the authors

Daniel Juan Gil is the author of Before Intimacy: Asocial Sexuality in Early Modern England. 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.

Reviews

"Gil argues that Shakespeare supports neither monarchical nor civic republican values, as both depend on the sovereign power of the state to control the bodies of subjects. . . Gil's introduction is especially insightful in relating his theory to the present. Summing up: Recommended." CHOICE

"The strength of the book lies in the clarity of Gil's basic thesis and the consistency with which it is applied." Julia Reinhard Lupton, Renaissance Quarterly

"...ambitious, incisive, and sophisticated. It is excellent... Shakespeare's Anti-Politics will be of tremendous interest to a range of scholars interested in Shakespeare's relationship to politics, the body, and performance." James Kuzner, Shakespeare Quarterly


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Gil, Daniel Juan

    Pages 1-19

  • The Historical Conditions of Possibility of the Life of the Flesh: Absolutism, Civic Republicanism, and “Bare Life” in

    Gil, Daniel Juan

    Pages 20-41

  • The Life of the Condemned: The Autonomous Legal System and the Community of the Flesh in

    Gil, Daniel Juan

    Pages 42-67

  • Unsettling the Civic Republican Order: The Face of Sovereign Power and the Fate of the Citizen in

    Gil, Daniel Juan

    Pages 68-97

  • Life Outside the Law: Torture and the Flesh in

    Gil, Daniel Juan

    Pages 98-123

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Shakespeare's Anti-Politics
Book Subtitle
Sovereign Power and the Life of the Flesh
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Shakespeare Studies
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-27501-1
DOI
10.1057/9781137275011
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-27500-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-44598-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 167
Topics