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The Storm at SeaPolitical Aesthetics in the Time of Shakespeare$
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Christopher Pye

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823265046

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823265046.001.0001

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The Beating Mind

The Beating Mind

The Tempest in History

(p.142) Chapter 6 The Beating Mind
The Storm at Sea

Christopher Pye

Fordham University Press

The very scale or scope of the aesthetic “solution” articulated in Shakespeare’s late works, the fact that it takes in the possibility of speculative history and subjectivity, intimates the abyss against which political aestheticization is staked. The Tempest, the focus of chapter six, foregrounds the inextricable relation between aestheticization and alterity, whether that alterity is conceived as the cultural other, the otherness within of the unconscious drives, or the radical contingency of history. The early modern political aesthetic, the historical process by which sovereignty is recouped through a mechanism that might seem to be ameliorative—a sublimation of power—in fact brings to view something dire at the ontological core of the political, something more disquieting than the death of kings.

Keywords:   The Tempest, Aesthetics, Sovereignty, History, Agamben, Psychoanalysis

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