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From the Royal to the Republican Body Incorporating the Political in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century France

ISBN-10: 0520208072

ISBN-13: 9780520208070

Edition: 1998

Authors: Sara E. Melzer, Kathryn Norberg

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In this innovative volume, leading scholars examine the role of the body as a primary site of political signification in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century France. Some essays focus on the sacralization of the king's body through a gendered textual and visual rhetoric. Others show how the monarchy mastered subjects' minds by disciplining the body through dance, music, drama, art, and social rituals. The last essays in the volume focus on the unmaking of the king's body and the substitution of a new, republican body. Throughout, the authors explore how race and gender shaped the body politic under the Bourbons and during the Revolution. This compelling study expands our conception of state power and demonstrates that seemingly apolitical activities like the performing arts, dress and ritual, contribute to the state's hegemony.From the Royal to the Republican Bodywill be an essential resource for students and scholars of history, literature, music, dance and performance studies, gender studies, art history, and political theory.
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 7/20/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 276
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Introduction
The Body Politics of French Absolutism
Lim(b)inal Images: "Betwixt and Between" Louis XIV's Martial and Marital Bodies
The King Cross-Dressed: Power and Force in Royal Ballets
Unruly Passions and Courtly Dances: Technologies of the Body in Baroque Music
Body of Law: The Sun King and the Code Noir
Louis le Bien-Aime and the Rhetoric of the Royal Body
Dancing the Body Politic: Manner and Mimesis in Eighteenth-Century Ballet
The Theater of Punishment: Melodrama and Judicial Reform in Prerevolutionary France
Sex, Savagery, and Slavery in the Shaping of the French Body Politic
Freedom of Dress in Revolutionary France
Contributors
Index