By Eric L. Santner
"The king is lifeless. lengthy dwell the king!" In early smooth Europe, the king's physique was once actually sovereign—and the proper to rule used to be instantly transferrable to the subsequent monarch in line upon the king's dying. In The Royal Remains, Eric L. Santner argues that the "carnal" size of the buildings and dynamics of sovereignty hasn't disappeared from politics. in its place, it migrated to a brand new location—the lifetime of the people—where whatever royal maintains to linger within the method we obsessively song and degree the vicissitudes of our flesh.
Santner demonstrates the ways that democratic societies have persisted a few of the rituals and practices linked to kingship in displaced, distorted, and customarily, unrecognizable kinds. He proposes that these unusual psychological actions Freud first lumped below the class of the unconscious—which usually happen themselves in strange actual ways—are rather the uncanny moment lifetime of those "royal remains," now lively within the physique politic of contemporary neurotic topics. Pairing Freud with Kafka, Carl Schmitt with Hugo von Hofmannsthal,and Ernst Kantorowicz with Rainer Maria Rilke, Santner generates impressive readings of a number of texts and traditions of idea en path to reconsidering the sovereign imaginary. eventually, The Royal Remains locates a lot of modernity—from biopolitical controversies to modernist literary experiments—in this transition from subjecthood to secular citizenship.
This significant new paintings will make a daring and unique contribution to discussions of politics, psychoanalysis, and smooth artwork and literature.
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