The Oxford Handbook of English Law and Literature, 1500-1700 by Lorna HutsonThe Oxford Handbook of English Law and Literature, 1500-1700 by Lorna Hutson

The Oxford Handbook of English Law and Literature, 1500-1700

EditorLorna Hutson

Hardcover | July 22, 2017

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This Handbook triangulates the disciplines of history, legal history, and literature to produce a new, interdisciplinary framework for the study of early modern England. Scholars of early modern English literature and history have increasingly found that an understanding of how people in thepast thought about and used the law is key to understanding early modern familial and social relations as well as important aspects of the political revolution and the emergence of capitalism. Judicial or forensic rhetoric has been shown to foster new habits of literary composition (poetry anddrama) and new processes of fact-finding and evidence evaluation. In addition, the post-Reformation jurisdictional dominance of the common law produced new ways of drawing the boundaries between private conscience and public accountability. Accordingly, historians, critics and legal historians come together in this Handbook to develop accounts of the past that are attentive to the legally purposeful or fictional shaping of events in the historical archive. They also contribute to a transformation of our understanding of the place offorensic modes of inquiry in the creation of imaginative fiction and drama. Chapters in the Handbook approach, from a diversity of perspectives, topics including forensic rhetoric, humanist and legal education, Inns of Court revels, drama, poetry, emblem books, marriage and divorce, witchcraft,contract, property, imagination, oaths, evidence, community, local government, legal reform, libel, censorship, authorship, torture, slavery, liberty, due process, the nation state, colonialism, and empire.
Lorna Hutson is Merton Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford. Educated in San Francisco, Edinburgh, and Oxford, she has taught at the Universities of St Andrews, UC Berkeley, Hull, and Queen Mary, London. She has served as Head of English at St Andrews (2008-11) and has held fellowships from the Folger, the Huntin...
Title:The Oxford Handbook of English Law and Literature, 1500-1700Format:HardcoverDimensions:800 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0 inPublished:July 22, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199660883

ISBN - 13:9780199660889


Table of Contents

Lorna Hutson: Introduction: Law, Literature and HistoryPart I. Textual and Interpretative Culture1. Kathy Eden: Forensic Rhetoric and Humanist Education2. Margaret McGlynn: Idiosyncratic Books and Common Learning: Readings on Statutes at the Inns of Court'3. Ian Williams: Common Law Scholarship and the Written Word4. James McBain: 'Attentive Mindes and Serious Wits': Legal Training and Early Drama5. Quentin Skinner: Why Shylocke Loses his Case: Judicial Rhetoric in The Merchant of VenicePart II. Literature and the Legal Profession, 1500-17006. Jessica Winston: Legal Satire and the Legal Profession in the 1590s: John Davies' Epigrammes and Professional Decorum7. Peter Goodrich: The Emblem Book and Common Law8. Paul Raffield: The Monarchical Republic: Constitutionality and the Legal Profession9. Martin Butler: The Legal Masque: Humanity and Liberty at the Inns of Court10. Christopher Brooks: Paradise Lost? Law, Literature, and History in Restoration EnglandPart III. Administering the Law11. James Sharpe: Law Enforcement and the Local Community12. Norma Landau: The Changing Persona of the Justices and their Quarter Sessions13. Barbara Shapiro: Law and the Evidentiary Environment14. Virginia Strain: Legal Reform and 2 Henry IVPart IV. Temporal and Spiritual, Law and Conscience15. Joshua P. Phillips: Immunities and Monasticism: Bale to Shakespeare16. Alan Cromartie: Epieikeia and Conscience17. Ethan Shagan: The Ecclesiastical Polity18. Jason Rosenblatt: Making Law and Recording It: John Selden on Excommunication19. Elliott Visconsi: SeldenismPart V. Legal and Literary Imagining20. Luke Wilson: Contract21. Tim Stretton: Contract and Conjugality in Early Modern England22. Carolyn Sale: The Literary Thing: The Imaginary Holding of Isabella Whitney's 'Wyll' to London, 157323. Frances Dolan: Witch Wives24. Henry Turner: Corporate Persons, Between Law and LiteraturePart VI. Libel, Publication, and the Press25. David Ibbetson: Edward Coke, Roman Law, and the Law of Libel26. Joad Raymond: Censorship in Law and Practice in Seventeenth Century England: Milton's Aeropagitica27. Martin Dzelzainis: Managing the Later Stuart Press, 1662-169628. Alastair Bellany: The Torture of John Felton, 1628Part VII. Liberties, Slaveries, and English Law29. Bernadette Meyler: From Sovereignty to the State: The Tragicomic Clemency of Massinger's The Bondman30. Paul Halliday: Birthrights and the Due Course of Law31. Nigel Smith: Legal Agency as Literature in the English Revolution: The Case of the Levellers32. Mary Nyquist: Base Slavery and the Roman YokePart VIII. The Extra-English Legal World: Between Colony, Nation, and Empire33. Andrew Zurcher: Spenser, Plowden, and the Hypallactic Instrument34. Rab Houston: Law and Literature in Scotland, c.1450-170735. Lorna Hutson: Forensic History: Henry V and Scotland36. Christopher Warren: Henry V, Anachronism, and the History of International Law37. Edward Holberton: Empire and Natural Law in Dryden's Heroic Drama38. Dan Hulsebosch: English Liberties Outside England: Floors, Doors, Windows, and Ceilings in the Legal Architecture of Empire