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Shakespeare's legal language : a dictionary /
B.J. Sokol & Mary Sokol.
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London ; New York : Continuum ; Somerset, N.J. : Distributed by Transaction Publishers, 2004, c2000.
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497 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
082647778X, 9780826477781
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London ; New York : Continuum ; Somerset, N.J. : Distributed by Transaction Publishers, 2004, c2000.
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082647778X
9780826477781
general note
"Previously published in hardback in the Athlone Shakespeare dictionary series"--T.p. verso.
Originally published : London ; New Brunswick, N.J. : Athlone Press, 2000.
abstract
Using an A-Z encyclopedia-style, this work explores modern social life, legal thought, and the interaction of these with Shakespearean drama.
catalogue key
9043277
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 429-457) and indexes.
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Appeared in Choice on 2000-09-01:
The Sokols' dictionary is part of the "Athlone Shakespeare Dictionary Series," whose aim is "to provide the student of Shakespeare with a series of authoritative guides to the principal subject areas covered by the plays and poems." In their brief introduction the Sokols explain that "it is possible to argue that Shakespeare was law-obsessed." The words "judge" and "justice" are found in 35 of his 37 plays. Their dictionary is "arranged alphabetically by terms" with extensive cross-references. The first annotated entry is "appeal," the last "witch/witchcraft." Entries are followed by the 28-page enumerative "Bibliography--Sources Cited;" an alphabetical index listing of passages, scenes, and works beginning with "IH4 [First Henry IV] 1,2 Robbery/Theft" and concluding with "WT [Winter's Tale] Witch/Witchcraft;" and an alphabetical list of legal terms and concepts that begins with "abjuration" and concludes with "whipping discussed in Poverty/Beggary." Pages have wide margins and a readable typeface. Missing from the introduction and bibliography is C.T. Onions's seminal A Shakespearian Glossary (rev. ed., Robert D. Eagleson, 1986). The Sokols have put a great deal of labor and scholarship into this book. Its explanations of individual passages in the plays are often illuminating. Whether it is worth 50 cents per page is another question. Recommended with reservations for upper-division undergraduates through faculty. W. Baker; Northern Illinois University
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"In Shakespeare's Legal Language: A Dictionary, B.J. and Mary Sokol employ a dictionary format to account for language in the plays that relates to English law in Shakespeare's day. Explanations of the legal meaning and history of terms draw largely upon standard legal histories. In most entries, these extended definitions are followed by an overview of the terms' appearances or significance in the plays; relevant legal and Shakespearean scholarship is then cited or summarized, and extensive cross-references guide readers through networks of related terms. At the end of the volume, there is an index of legal terms and concepts, an index of the plays that indicates where defined terms occur in each play, and a bibliography of the scholarship cited in the entries. The book emerges as a comprehensive... cross among dictionary, concordance, and annotated bibliography."- Helen Anna Borrello, The Shakespearean Apocrypha: A Publication of the Shakespeare Yearbook
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Using an A-Z encyclopedia-style, this work explores modern social life, legal thought, and the interaction of these with Shakespearean drama.
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This encyclopedia-style dicitonary explores early modern social life, legal thought, and the interactions within Shakespearean drama.

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