Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Dance ResearchThe Journal of the Society for Dance Research$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Richard Ralph

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748635849

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635849.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM EDINBURGH SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.edinburgh.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Edinburgh University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in ESO for personal use.date: 06 April 2020

Fragment of the Sovereign as Hermaphrodite: Time, History, and the Exception in Le Ballet de Madame1

Fragment of the Sovereign as Hermaphrodite: Time, History, and the Exception in Le Ballet de Madame1

Chapter:
(p.119) Fragment of the Sovereign as Hermaphrodite: Time, History, and the Exception in Le Ballet de Madame1
Source:
Dance Research
Author(s):

Margaret Shewring

J. R. Mulryne

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635849.003.0004

On March 19, 1615, Louis XIII (1601–1643), then fourteen years old, danced the role of a Hermaphrodite in Le Ballet de Madame. This article contains a close reading of the ballet’s textual sources and a historical contextualization of its circumstances, putting these in relation to twentieth-century theories of power and representation. Walter Benjamin’s notion of the fragment as well as of allegory will be important touchstones of my analysis. I interpret the Hermaphrodite role as Benjamin’s “highly significant fragment”. The scene that claims my attention is fragmentary by virtue of its uniqueness in the repertory as well as by its appearance in a non-linear, if still sequential, performance. I shall argue that the Hermaphrodite scene — the “Ballet des Androgynes” — is a fragment that should claim a central place in the history of absolutism’s political imaginary.

Keywords:   Louis XIII and the dance, the King as hermaphrodite, dialogue with contemporary theory, the ‘Ballet de Madame’ (1615)

Edinburgh Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.