Absolutist Attachments

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ISBN 978-0-8101-3941-1
Publication Date
March 2019
Page Count
288 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

Absolutist Attachments

Emotion, Media, and Absolutism in Seventeenth-Century France
Chloé Hogg

In Absolutist Attachments, Chloé Hogg uncovers the affective and media connections that shaped Louis XIV’s absolutism. Studying literature, painting, engravings, correspondence, and the emerging periodic press, Hogg diagnoses the emotions that created absolutism’s feeling subjects and publics.

Louis XIV’s subjects explored new kinds of affective relations with their sovereign, joining with the king in acts of aesthetic judgment, tender feeling, or the “newsiness” of emerging print news culture. Such alternative modes of adhesion countered the hegemonic model of kingship upheld by divine right, reason of state, or corporate fidelities and privileges with subject-driven attachments and practices. Absolutist Attachments discovers absolutism’s alternative political and cultural legacy—not the spectacle of an unbound king but the binding connections of his subjects.
About the Author

CHLOÉ HOGG is an assistant professor of French at the University of Pittsburgh.

“This is a timely, ambitious, and well-executed book project whose publication will reorient the way in which we look at the absolutist culture undergirding the reign of Louis XIV. It is compelling not only in the variety and depth of the archives it explores and the effortlessly merging of insights from very different sources, but also in the author’s lightly worn erudition and eloquent pen.” —Hall Bjørnstad, Indiana University

"This bold and theoretically lively work reopens the file on Louis XIV. Turning from the familiar model of the spectacular monarch, the dazzling readings of Absolutist Attachments detail instead the affective attachments between king and subjects. This poised, persuasive book will make waves in French studies, affect studies, and beyond." —Katherine Ibbett, author of Compassion’s Edge: Fellow-Feeling and its Limits in Early Modern France