Violence and Grace: Exceptional Life Between Shakespeare and Modernity

Exceptional Life between Shakespeare and Modernity
 
 
Northwestern University Press
  • erschienen am 30. Januar 2018
 
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 256 Seiten
978-0-8101-3658-8 (ISBN)
 
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.
  • Englisch
  • Evanston
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  • USA
  • Für Beruf und Forschung
3 black & white illustrations
  • Höhe: 226 mm
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  • Breite: 150 mm
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  • Dicke: 15 mm
  • 340 gr
978-0-8101-3658-8 (9780810136588)
0810136589 (0810136589)
Nichole E. Miller is an assistant professor of English at Temple University.
Introduction
The Problem: Exceptional Life
Part I: States of Affliction
Prologue
The Sexual Politics of Pain: Hannah Arendt Meets Shakespeare's Shrew
Chapter One
Undead Letters: Marlowe's and Kantorowicz's Reliquary Arts
Chapter Two
The Revenger's Decision: Exceptional Law Between Middleton and Schmitt
Part II: States of Grace
Chapter Three
Sacred Life and Sacrificial Economy: Coriolanus in No-Man's Land
Chapter Four
The Aesthetics of Messianic Time: Gravity and Grace in King Lear
Chapter Five
Paul's Call; Cymbeline's Calling
Epilogue
Last Words: Reading Political Life
"While Miller constantly engages major ideas and texts, she shows perhaps her greatest talent as a close reader, not only of the early modern texts but of their sources and the more contemporary theory she uses to illuminate them ...The result is a closely reasoned and closely argued contribution to today's early modern studies that also understands its roots in a precarious present." - Modern Philology

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