+612 9045 4394
Rousseau's Republican Romance - Elizabeth Rose Wingrove

Rousseau's Republican Romance

Paperback Published: 13th March 2000
ISBN: 9780691009971
Number Of Pages: 272

Share This Book:


RRP $92.00
Ships in 3 to 4 business days

In "Rousseau's Republican Romance," Elizabeth Wingrove combines political theory and narrative analysis to argue that Rousseau's stories of sex and sexuality offer important insights into the paradoxes of democratic consent. She suggests that despite Rousseau's own protestations, "man" and "citizen" are not rival or contradictory ideals. Instead, they are deeply interdependent. Her provocative reconfiguration of republicanism introduces the concept of consensual nonconsensuality--a condition in which one wills the circumstances of one's own domination. This apparently paradoxical possibility appears at the center of Rousseau's republican polity and his romantic dyad: in both instances, the expression and satisfaction of desire entail a twin experience of domination and submission.

Drawing on a wide variety of Rousseau's political and literary writings, Wingrove shows how consensual nonconsensuality organizes his representations of desire and identity. She demonstrates the inseparability of republicanism and accounts of heterosexuality in an analysis that emphasizes the sentimental and somatic aspects of citizenship. In Rousseau's texts, a politics of consent coincides with a performative politics of desire and of emotion. Wingrove concludes that understanding his strategies of democratic governance requires attending to his strategies of symbolization. Further, she suggests that any understanding of political practice requires attending to bodily practices.

"An original and engaging analytical bridge between Rousseau's literary and political writings."--Ethan Putterman, Political Studies

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
A Note on Texts and Translationsp. xiii
Rousseau's Republican Romancep. 2
Introduction How to Engender a Political Subjectp. 3
Savage Sensibilitiesp. 24
Object Lessonsp. 58
Life Storiesp. 102
Loving the Body Politicp. 144
Republican Performancesp. 169
Making Rhetoric Matterp. 207
Conclusion: Isn't It Romantic?p. 236
Works Citedp. 245
Indexp. 251
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780691009971
ISBN-10: 069100997X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 13th March 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.4