Passing Judgment: The Politics and Poetics of Sovereignty in by Helene E. Bilis

By Helene E. Bilis

The royal pass judgement on was once an archetypal personality in French tragedy throughout the 17th century. This determine impersonated the king by means of saying his judicial authority and bringing order to an differently chaotic world.

In Passing Judgment, Hélène Bilis examines how an ignored character-type—the royal judge—remained a continuing of the tragic style during the seventeenth century, even supposing the specifics of his position and place fluctuated as playwrights experimented with altering versions of sovereignty onstage. Her readings learn how this royal decision-maker stood on the intersection of political and theatrical debates, and advanced via a means of trial and blunder during which definite portrayals of kingship have been deemed out of date and have been discarded, whereas others have been promoted as culturally allowable and resonant. In tracing the royal judge’s power presence and transformation, Bilis argues that we will higher take hold of the weighty political stakes of theatrical representations below the ancien régime.

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