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The Tears of Sovereignty: Perspectives of Power in Renaissance Drama

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A comparative study of the representation of sovereignty in paradigmatic plays of early modernity, The Tears of Sovereignty argues that the great playwrights of the period--William Shakespeare, Lope de Vega, and Calderón de la Barca--reconstitute the metaphors through which contemporary theorists continue to conceive the problems of sovereignty.

The book focuses in particular on the ways the logics of these metaphors inform sovereignty's conceptualization as a "body of power." Each chapter is organized around a key tropological operation performed on that "body," from the analogical relations invoked in Richard II, through the metaphorical transfers staged in Measure for Measure to the autoimmune resistances they produce in Lope's Fuenteovejuna, and, finally, the allegorical returns of Calderón's Life is a Dream and Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale.

The "tears" of sovereignty are the exegetical tropes produced and performed on the English stages and Spanish corrales of the seventeenth century through which we continue to view sovereignty today.

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Philip Lorenz is Assistant Professor of English at Cornell University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780823251308
Author:
Lorenz, Philip
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
Subject:
Spanish & Portuguese
Subject:
Literature/English | World Literature | Spain
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20130631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
392
Dimensions:
5.9 x 9 x 1.2 in 1.2 lb

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