From the royal to the republican body: incorporating the by Sara E. Melzer

By Sara E. Melzer

During this cutting edge quantity, best students learn the position of the physique as a first-rate web site of political signification in 17th- and eighteenth-century France. a few essays specialise in the sacralization of the king's physique via a gendered textual and visible rhetoric. Others convey how the monarchy mastered matters' minds by means of disciplining the physique via dance, song, drama, artwork, and social rituals. The final essays within the quantity specialize in the unmaking of the king's physique and the substitution of a brand new, republican physique. all through, the authors discover how race and gender formed the physique politic less than the Bourbons and through the Revolution. This compelling examine expands our notion of kingdom strength and demonstrates that possible apolitical actions just like the appearing arts, gown and formality, give a contribution to the state's hegemony. From the Royal to the Republican physique could be an important source for college students and students of historical past, literature, tune, dance and function reviews, gender experiences, paintings historical past, and political concept.

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21 Such embodiment of the abstract and new was a necessity in the first republic, but it also posed a terrible problem, for it raised the most bothersome question of the time: precisely which bodies would be included in the renewed body politic? We know how the revolutionaries answered this question when it came to gender: women would not be full participants in the new democracy. But the issue of race has been much less clearly delineated. In her essay "Sex, Savagery, and Slavery in the Shaping of the French Body Politic," Elizabeth Colwill explores this neglected aspect of the revolution and shows how feminism and abolitionism entered into the revolutionaries' definition of the new body politic.

And corrected ed. (Paris: Librairie Jean Tallandier, 1978), 133. 10. See Jean de Viguerie, "Le Roi et le public: L'Exemple de Louis XV," Revue d'histoire moderne et contemporaine 34 (1987): 2335. 11. See Thomas Kaiser's essay in this volume, as well as his "Madame de Pompadour and the Theaters of Power," French Historical Studies 19 (1996): 102544. 12. Siméon-Prosper Hardy, "Mes Loisirs, on journal des événements tels qu'ils parviennent à ma connaissance," Bibliothèque Nationale, MS. fonds français 6680, fol.

For a good summary and critique of Foucault's views on power, see Mark Cousins and Althar Hussain, Michel Foucault (London: Macmillan, 1984), 22552. For a more complete critique of Foucault's work, see the three-volume collection of essays on Foucault edited by Barry Smart, Michel Foucault: Assessments (London: Routledge, 1995). Page 6 they also explore a more complicated notion of bodies. When Foucault and Elias wrote, race and gender were not important categories of scholarly inquiry. No one thought to include (as do our contributors) Louisiana slaves or Caribbean women among French subjects.

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