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Shakespearean Genealogies of Power: A Whispering of Nothing in Hamlet, Richard II, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice, and The Winter’s Tale

ISBN13: 9780415593458
Published: October 2010
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £26.99
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Shakespearean Genealogies of Power proposes a new view on Shakespeare’s involvement with the legal sphere: as a visible space between the spheres of politics and law and well able to negotiate legal and political, even constitutional concerns,

Shakespeare’s theatre opened up a new perspective on normativity. His plays reflect, even create, "history" in a new sense on the premises of the older conceptions of historical and legal exemplarity: examples, cases, and instances are to be reflected rather than treated as straightforwardly didactic or salvific. Thus, what comes to be recognized, reflected and acknowledged has a disowning, alienating effect, whose enduring aftermath rather than its theatrical immediacy counts and remains effective.

In Shakespeare, the law gets hold of its normativity as the problematic efficacy of unsolved – or rarely ever completely solved – problems: on the stage of the theatre, the law has to cope with a mortgage of history rather than with its own success story.

The exemplary interplay of critical cultural and legal theory in the 20th century – between Carl Schmitt and Hans Kelsen, Walter Benjamin and Ernst Kantorowicz, Hans Blumenberg and Giorgio Agamben, Robert Cover and Niklas Luhmann – found in Shakespeare’s plays its speculative instruments.

General Interest
1. Perpetuum Mobile: Shakespeare’s Perpetual Renaissance
2. The Ghost of History: Hamlet’s Politics of Paternity
3. Lethe’s Wharf: Wild Justice, the Purgatorial Supplement
4. Richard II, Bracton, and the End of Political Theology
5. The Death of a Shifter: Jupiterian History in Julius Caesar
6. The Future of Violence: Macbeth and Machiavelli
7. The Whispering of Nothing: The Winter’s Tale
8. But Mercy is Above: Shylock’s Pun of a Pound
9. Habeas Corpus: The Law’s Desire to Have the Body