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Habits of Power in Macbeth
Journal Title: PARADIGMI 
Author/s: Paola Colaiacomo 
Year:  2015 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  15 Pg. 127-141 FullText PDF:  68 KB
DOI:  10.3280/PARA2015-001009
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The collapsing of the Medieval correspondence between dress and function - a visible sign of the dissevering of "the King’s two bodies" (see E. Kantorowicz, The King’s Two Bodies, 1957) - is a major Shakespearean theme, epitomized in Mac beth’s question: «Why do you dress me / In borrow’d robes?» (I.iii.108-9). A question which seems to situate the hero in the old world of correspondences and analogues. The paper tentatively explores, in relation to Macbeth, the significance of Shakespeare’s reprise of that old paradigm, at the very moment of its disintegration.
Keywords: Body, Correspondence, Dress, Function, Nudity, Power.

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Paola Colaiacomo, Habits of Power in Macbeth in "PARADIGMI" 1/2015, pp. 127-141, DOI:10.3280/PARA2015-001009

   

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