Bodies and Their Spaces: System, Crisis and Transformation by Russell West-Pavlov

By Russell West-Pavlov

Our bodies and their areas: approach, drawback and Transformation at the Early smooth degree explores the emergence of the distinctively smooth "gender procedure" on the shut of the early smooth interval. The booklet investigates shifts within the gendered areas assigned to women and men within the "public" and "private" domain names and their altering modes of interconnection; in live performance with those social areas it examines the emergence of biologically established notions of intercourse and a singular feel of person subjectivity. those parallel and associated adjustments converged within the improvement of a brand new gender approach which extra successfully enforced the necessities of patriarchy less than the evolving financial stipulations of service provider capitalism. those adjustments will be noticeable to be rehearsed, contested and debated in literary artefacts of the early smooth interval – specifically the drama. This ebook means that until eventually the closure of the English theatres in 1642, the drama not just mirrored but additionally exacerbated the turbulence surrounding gender configurations in transition in early sleek society. The booklet reads quite a lot of dramatic and non-dramatic texts, and translates them through the "systems conception" constructed by way of the German sociologist Niklas Luhmann.

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I, Pt. 4, Ch. 12. English translation: Capital: A Critique of Political Economy, Vol 1, trans. Ben Fowkes (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1990). See also Michel Foucault, Surveiller et punir: Naissance de la prison (Paris: Gallimard, 1975), Pt. 3, Ch. 1 (English translation: Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1982), and Rudolf zur Lippe, Naturbeherrschung am Menschen (Frankfurt am Main: Syndikat, 1979), 2 Vols (in particular Vol II: Geometrisierung des Menschen und Repräsentation des Privaten im französischen Absolutismus), which describe analogies between the division of productive processes into their constitutive elements, and other analytical anatomizing tendencies in cultural practices such as military drill or court dance.

11-23) Similarly, in The Winter’s Tale, Antigonus cannot control his sharp, shrewish wife Paulina, who embarks upon a collision course with the monarch Leontes. 46). Yet it is in turn Leontes’ inability to control his own furious (and unfounded) jealousy which endangers the cohesion of his family (with his baby daughter cast out to die, and his son and wife apparently dead by Act 3, Scene 2) – and by extension, that of the state. 10). In the early modern period, then, the family could not be equated with what we think of as the private sphere in the same way as today.

47 By extension, the image of domestic space began to assume a new “value” as a refuge from the chaos of public life. 48 For women in particular, the domestic space may have become less open to its environment in the course of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, without, of course, ever becoming totally closed, just as it had never been totally open. 51 46 47 48 49 50 51 See Huebert, “Privacy: The Early Social History of a Word”, 30-31. Viviana Comensoli, “Household Business”: Domestic Plays of Early Modern England (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1996), 75.

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