Raphael Falco

Charismatic Authority in Early Modern English Tragedy

Charismatic Authority in Early Modern English Tragedy reassesses the force of group experience in tragedy by combining literary analysis with research in sociological theory, particularly the theories of Max Weber. Different chapters cover pure charisma, lineage charisma, office charisma, and erotic charisma.

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Through examples ranging from Petrarch to Columbus, Maffeo Vegio to the Habsburgs, this book shows how the new techne of systematic genealogy facilitated the process of "remythicizing" the ancient authorities, utterly transforming Greek and Roman values and reforging them into the mold of contemporary needs
"An original take on the place of myth in the modern world. And very well written to boot."
–Robert A. Segal, University of Aberdeen
"In the study of charisma, there is no other book; in the theory of tragedy, there is nothing like it."
–Arthur F. Kinney, University of Massachusetts

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