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Sovereignty and intelligence : spying and court culture in the English Renaissance, John Michael Archer

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Sovereignty and intelligence : spying and court culture in the English Renaissance
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Sovereignty and intelligence
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spying and court culture in the English Renaissance
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John Michael Archer
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eng
Summary
This book uncovers a culture of courtly surveillance, secrecy, and espionage in an era generally regarded, since Foucault, as characterized by the association of sovereignty with public display. Examining the centrality of espionage in the careers and works of Michel de Montaigne, Sir Philip Sidney, Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, and Sir Francis Bacon, it demonstrates the association of surveillance with sovereignty before surveillance became the characteristic mode of discipline in the modern, abstract state. The author substantially revises our understanding of the relationship between power and knowledge in the rise of the modern state while subtly illuminating the inscription of that relationship within Renaissance texts. The book examines the configurations of surveillance, sovereignty, and the accompanying forms of subjectivity and knowledge in the transition to modernity. The association of sovereignty with intelligence extended far beyond the identification of sovereignty with the personal power of the sovereign. In Montaigne's France, sovereignty appeared in a disseminated form. Montaigne's Essais exemplify the situation of the courtier self-fashioned to serve an absent sovereign; like Lacan's subject, he is looked at from all sides. Montaigne's description of the search for self-knowledge as self-spying reveals how deeply this quest was implicated in a culture of courtly surveillance. At Elizabeth's court, observation evolved into political espionage based on a system of courtly patronage and employed as a means of policing sexuality centered on the unmarried monarch. Sidney's Arcadia inscribes ways of coping, with the anxieties produced by this surveillance-fraught environment. Beyond and below the court, the culture of surveillance produced Christopher Marlowe's urban subculture of intellectuals and travelers, linked to the aristocratic "subculture" of the court by espionage and the equivocal homosexuality of the patronage system. Thus in Edward II Marlowe uses the sovereign's relationships with his favorites to legitimate both espionage and male love. And although Ben Jonson's negative depiction of an urban court under a regime of surveillance in Sejanus criticizes the rise of abstract state sovereignty at the end of Elizabeth's strong personal reign, in Catiline he endorses the abstract state and tries to rehabilitate the association of sovereignty with intelligence. Francis Bacon's anxieties as an intelligence agent at Elizabeth's court appear in his Essays. In the New Atlantis, however, he gave issue to a wholly idealized program that preserved the culture of surveillance while abstracting sovereignty from sovereign and court. Bacon was able to envision a world in which impersonal knowledge supports social control - the world of classical modernity. The author shows us how the disciplinary surveillance of the modern state grew out of the complex culture of surveillance that preceded it
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Archer, John Michael
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index present
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PR428.C64
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A74 1993
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non fiction
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  • Montaigne, Michel de
  • Montaigne, Michel Eyquem de
  • Sidney, Philip
  • Marlowe, Christopher
  • Jonson, Ben
  • Bacon, Francis
  • English literature
  • Courts and courtiers in literature
  • Kings and rulers in literature
  • Espionage in literature
  • Renaissance
  • Spies in literature
  • Engels
  • Hofcultuur
  • Letterkunde
  • Spionage
  • Courts and courtiers in literature
  • English literature
  • Espionage in literature
  • Kings and rulers in literature
  • Renaissance
  • Spies in literature
  • Spionage
  • Hofcultuur
  • Engels
  • Letterkunde
  • Spionage
  • England
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Sovereignty and intelligence : spying and court culture in the English Renaissance, John Michael Archer
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [187]-198) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
  • Ambassador at Delphi : the servant of the prince in Montaigne's 'Essais'
  • Woman's best eyesight : sexual surveillance and Sidney's 'Arcadia'
  • Marlowe and the observation of men
  • Lights of base stuff : Jonson's Roman plays
  • Surveillance and enlightenment : toward Bacon's 'New Atlantis'
Dimensions
23 cm
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viii, 203 pages
Isbn
9780804720793
Lccn
92030593
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26673684
  • (OCoLC)ocm26673684
Label
Sovereignty and intelligence : spying and court culture in the English Renaissance, John Michael Archer
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [187]-198) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Ambassador at Delphi : the servant of the prince in Montaigne's 'Essais'
  • Woman's best eyesight : sexual surveillance and Sidney's 'Arcadia'
  • Marlowe and the observation of men
  • Lights of base stuff : Jonson's Roman plays
  • Surveillance and enlightenment : toward Bacon's 'New Atlantis'
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
viii, 203 pages
Isbn
9780804720793
Lccn
92030593
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26673684
  • (OCoLC)ocm26673684

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