Literature and the Law of Nations, 1580-1680

Hardcover | June 28, 2015

byChristopher N. Warren

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In this groundbreaking study, Christopher Warren argues that early modern literary genres were deeply tied to debates about global legal order and that today's international law owes many of its most basic suppositions to early modern literary culture. Literature and the Law of Nations showshow the separation of scholarship on law from scholarship on literature has limited the understanding of international law on both sides. Warren suggests that both literary and legal scholars have tacitly accepted tendentious but politically consequential assumptions about whether international lawis "real" law. Literature and the Law of Nations recognizes the specific nature of early modern international law by showing how major writers of the English Renaissance - including Shakespeare, Milton, and Hobbes - deployed genres like epic, tragedy, comedy, tragicomedy, and history to shore up thecanonical subjects and objects of modern international law. Warren demonstrates how Renaissance literary genres informed modern categories like public international law, private international law, international legal personality, and human rights. Students and scholars of Renaissance literature, intellectual history, the history of international law, and thehistory of political thought will find in Literature and the Law of Nations a rich interdisciplinary argument that challenges the usual accounts by charting a new literary history of international law.

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In this groundbreaking study, Christopher Warren argues that early modern literary genres were deeply tied to debates about global legal order and that today's international law owes many of its most basic suppositions to early modern literary culture. Literature and the Law of Nations showshow the separation of scholarship on law from...

Christopher N. Warren is an Assistant Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, where he teaches courses on law, literature, and the humanities. Warren's scholarship has appeared in English Literary Renaissance, The Seventeenth Century, and the European Journal of International Law. Prior to C...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.9 inPublished:June 28, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

The Stakes of International Law and LiteratureFrom Epic to Public International Law: Philip Sidney, Alberico Gentili, and "Intercourse Among Enemies"Jacobean Comedy and the Anagnorisis of Private International LawThe Tragicomic Law of Nations: The Winter's Tale and the UnionFrom Imperial History to International Law: Thucydides, Hobbes, and the Law of NationsFrom Biblical Tragedy to Human Rights: International Legal Personality in Grotius' Sophompaneas and Milton's Samson Agonistes"A Problem from Hell": From Paradise Lost to the Responsibility to ProtectConclusionBibliography