Royal Remains The People's Two Bodies and the Endgames of Sovereignty
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"The king is dead. Long live the king!" In early modern Europe, the king's body was literally sovereignand the right to rule was immediately transferrable to the next monarch in line upon the king's death. In The Royal Remains,Eric L. Santner argues that the "carnal" dimension of thestructures and dynamics of sovereignty hasn't disappeared from politics. Instead, it migrated to a new locationthe life of the peoplewhere something royal continues to linger in the way we obsessively track and measure the vicissitudes of our flesh. Santner demonstrates the ways in which democratic societies have continued many of the rituals and practices associated with kingship in displaced, distorted, and…
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/15/2011
Size: 6.26" wide x 8.94" long x 0.69" tall
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