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Charged: Debt, Power, and the Politics of the Flesh in Shakespeare’s Merchant, Melville’s Moby-Dick, and Eric Santner’s The Weight of All Flesh

Bonnie Honig

in The Weight of All Flesh: On the Subject-Matter of Political Economy

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780190254087
eISBN:
9780190254117
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190254087.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter turns to Melville’s Moby-Dick as a site for thinking about a democratic theory of the flesh. Moving from The Merchant of Venice’s pound of flesh to Moby-Dick’s tons of animal flesh takes ... More


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