Law and Representation in Early Modern Drama by Subha MukherjiLaw and Representation in Early Modern Drama by Subha Mukherji

Law and Representation in Early Modern Drama

bySubha Mukherji

Paperback | July 30, 2009

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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.
Title:Law and Representation in Early Modern DramaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:316 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:July 30, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521117305

ISBN - 13:9780521117302


Table of Contents

List of illustrations; List of maps; Acknowledgements; Glossary; A note on the text; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. 'Of rings, and things, and fine array': marriage law, evidence and uncertainty; 2. 'Unmanly indignities': adultery, evidence and judgement in Heywood's A Woman Killed with Kindness; 3. Evidence and representation on 'the theatre of God's judgements': A Warning for Fair Women; 4. 'Painted devils': image-making and evidence in The White Devil; 5. Locations of law: spaces, people, play; 6. 'When women go to law, the Devil is full of Business': women, law and dramatic realism; Epilogue: The Hydra head, the labyrinth and the waxen nose: discursive metaphors for law; Appendix; bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"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