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Law and representation in early modern drama [electronic resource] /
Subha Mukherji.
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
xxi, 291 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
0521850355, 9780521850353
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Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 258-286) and index.
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"the book rewards careful attention, frequently eliciting insights so striking that one wonders how they escaped notice until now." - John D. Schaeffer, Northern Illinois University, Renaissance Quarterly
"this volume adds an important new perspective to Renaissance studies in its concentration on the nexus between law and literature, from a historical point of view." - Daniela Carpi, University of Verona
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Through a set of interconnected studies of dramatic treatments of marriage law, evidence, and court-room practice, this book addresses the dialogue between law and drama in Renaissance England both from a structural and a social perspective. Plays discussed include Webster's The White Devil and Heywood's A Woman Killed With Kindness.
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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 alive to distinctions as well as 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.
Table of Contents
List of illustrationsp. ix
List of mapsp. x
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Glossaryp. xiii
A note on the textp. xviii
List of abbreviationsp. xix
Introductionp. 1
'Of rings, and things, and fine array': marriage law, evidence and uncertaintyp. 17
'Unmanly indignities': adultery, evidence and judgement in Heywood's A Woman Killed With Kindnessp. 55
Evidence and representation on 'the theatre of God's judgements': A Warning for Fair Womenp. 95
'Painted devils': image-making and evidence in The White Devilp. 135
Locations of law: spaces, people, playp. 174
'When women go to Law, the Devil is full of Business': women, law and dramatic realismp. 206
Epilogue: The Hydra head, the labyrinth and the waxen nose: discursive metaphors for lawp. 233
Appendixp. 249
Bibliographyp. 258
Indexp. 287
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