Citizen-Saints: Shakespeare and Political Theology by Julia Reinhard Lupton

By Julia Reinhard Lupton

Turning to the powerful proposal of political theology to get well the unusual mixture of political and non secular considering throughout the Renaissance, this bracing research finds within the works of Shakespeare and his resources the determine of the citizen-saint, who represents without delay divine messenger and civil servant, either norm and exception. Embodied via such diversified personages as Antigone, Paul, Barabbas, Shylock, Othello, Caliban, Isabella, and Samson, the citizen-saint is a sacrificial determine: a version of ethical and aesthetic extremity who evokes new regimes of citizenship together with his or her dying and martyrdom.

Among the various questions Julia Reinhard Lupton makes an attempt to respond to below the rubric of the citizen-saint are: how did states of emergency, acts of sovereign exception, and Messianic anticipations bring about new varieties of non secular and political legislation? What types of universality have been implied by way of the abject nation of the natural creature, at sea in a production deserted through its writer? and the way did circumcision function as either a marker of ethnicity and a method of conversion and civic naturalization?

Written with readability and beauty, Citizen-Saints can be of large curiosity to scholars of English literature, faith, and early smooth culture.

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