Falstaff: Subjectivity between the carnival and the aesthetic

Authors
Citation
H. Grady, Falstaff: Subjectivity between the carnival and the aesthetic, MOD LANG R, 96, 2001, pp. 609-623
Citations number
52
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Language & Linguistics
Journal title
MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW
ISSN journal
0026-7937 → ACNP
Volume
96
Year of publication
2001
Part
3
Pages
609 - 623
Database
ISI
SICI code
0026-7937(200107)96:<609:FSBTCA>2.0.ZU;2-X
Abstract
New historicist and cultural materialist treatments of Shakespeare's 1 and 2 Henry IV have been reductive of Falstaff's complexity, subordinating him to mechanisms of power. However, Falstaff represents historically new forms of subjectivity reactive to early modern political power , but also resist ant to it. A complex amalgam of theatrical, popular, literary, and cultural types, Falstaff derives from the European carnivalesque. Falstaff also act s as an alternative to Machiavellian state power and thus prefigures aspect s of the aesthetic as defined by Frankfurt School theory.