Law and Representation in Early Modern Drama

Law and Representation in Early Modern Drama

by Subha Mukherji
     
 

This examination of the relation between law and drama in Renaissance England establishes the diversity of their dialogue, encompassing critique and complicity, comment and analogy, but argues that the way in which drama addresses legal problems and dilemmas is nevertheless distinctive. As the resemblance between law and theatre concerns their formal structures rather… See more details below

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This examination of the relation between law and drama in Renaissance England establishes the diversity of their dialogue, encompassing critique and complicity, comment and analogy, but argues that the way in which drama addresses legal problems and dilemmas is nevertheless distinctive. As the resemblance between law and theatre concerns their formal structures rather than their methods and aims, an interdisciplinary approach must be as alive to distinctions as to affinities. Alert to issues of representation without losing sight of a lived culture of litigation, this study primarily focuses on early modern implications of the connection between legal and dramatic evidence, but expands to address a wider range of issues which stretch the representational capacities of both courtroom and theatre. The book does not shy away from drama's composite vision of legal realities but engages with the fictionality itself as significant, and negotiates the methodological challenges it posits.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521117302
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/30/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Subha Mukherji is a lecturer at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University.

Table of Contents


List of illustrations     ix
List of maps     x
Acknowledgements     xi
Glossary     xiii
A note on the text     xviii
List of abbreviations     xix
Introduction     1
'Of rings, and things, and fine array': marriage law, evidence and uncertainty     17
'Unmanly indignities': adultery, evidence and judgement in Heywood's A Woman Killed With Kindness     55
Evidence and representation on 'the theatre of God's judgements': A Warning for Fair Women     95
'Painted devils': image-making and evidence in The White Devil     135
Locations of law: spaces, people, play     174
'When women go to Law, the Devil is full of Business': women, law and dramatic realism     206
Epilogue: The Hydra head, the labyrinth and the waxen nose: discursive metaphors for law     233
Appendix     249
Bibliography     258
Index     287

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