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SEDERI Yearbook 2015, 25

Autor: Camilla Caporicci

Fuente: http://www.redalyc.org/articulo.oa?id=333543052003


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SEDERI Yearbook ISSN: 1135-7789 sederiyearbook@yahoo.es Spanish and Portuguese Society for English Renaissance Studies España Caporicci, Camilla The tyranny of immaterialism: Refusing the body in The Winters Tale SEDERI Yearbook, núm.
25, 2015, pp.
31-54 Spanish and Portuguese Society for English Renaissance Studies Valladolid, España Available in: http:--www.redalyc.org-articulo.oa?id=333543052003 How to cite Complete issue More information about this article Journals homepage in redalyc.org Scientific Information System Network of Scientific Journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal Non-profit academic project, developed under the open access initiative The tyranny of immaterialism: Refusing the body in The Winters Tale Camilla Caporicci Ludwig MaximiJjan Universit~ Germany ABSTRAer The aim of this study is to analyse the way Shakespeares work reveals the failure - in both private and public lives - of a system of thought in which the body is construed as a mere receptacle of irrunaterial and -superior- entities, supposedly governed by rational kinds of political and social power.
After a brief consideration of Mensure for Measure as a play focused on the political danger of denying the material aspect of the individual, TIte Winters Tale will be seen as presenting a similar problem. Here, the aspiration to an ideal of absolute purity and the consequent demonization of the sexualized flesh, deriving trom both Pllritan theology and neo-Platonic philosophy, merges with the anxiety towards the -rebellious- body fostered by sixteenth century medical science, constituting the disruptive force that initiates the plot.
Ihis attitude of denial of the body, linked to political power, leads to both a psychological breakdown and, in the public sphere, to a regime of tyranny. Shakespeare; Renaissance philosophy; Renaissance medical science; Puritanism; Body; Sexuality; Machiavelli; Iyranny; MeasuYe ¡or Measure; The Winters Tale. KEYWüRDS...





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