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Shakespeare's Fugitive Politics$
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Thomas P. Anderson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780748697342

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748697342.001.0001

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Epilogue: Turning Away

Epilogue: Turning Away

(p.193) Epilogue: Turning Away
Shakespeare's Fugitive Politics

Thomas P. Anderson

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter reasserts the book’s central premise that fugitive politics emerges within sovereign power, not necessarily ancillary or as a reaction to it. An exploration of Shakespeare’s political philosophy suggests the sovereign exception that arbitrates survival in early modern drama about absolute power also paradoxically menaces sovereignty’s own claims to absolutism, allowing for a politics of discord to supplement resistant political expressions. Paulina’s wager in The Winter’s Tale—a wager that so menaces Leontes’ sovereign desire—illustrates both a form of resistance and redirection, a confrontation with and a turn away fromm power that seeks to define the political in Shakespeare.

Keywords:   Chantal Mouffe, politics of antagonism, The Winter’s Tale, sovereignty, feminism, resistance, David Wills

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