Law and Representation in Early Modern Drama

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 26, 2006 - Literary Criticism
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.
 

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Contents

adultery evidence and
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A CAMBRIDGE SCANDAL
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representation The Edmunds case throws light on this connection by
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judgement and mercy
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CODA
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Evidence and representation on
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THE SPECTACLES OF GODS LAW25
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SURE THE REVEALING OF THIS MURTHERS STRANGE52
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imagemaking and evidence
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SPECTACLES FASHIONED WITH SUCH PERSPECTIVE ART
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THERE IN THE RING WHERE NAME AND IMAGE MEET?36
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COLOURING A PLEA
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Such images fall under the category of Semblances defined here
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WHERE MEANING SHALL REMARRY COLOUR103
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spaces people play
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When women go to Law the Devil is full of
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WHEN WE WERE CHILDREN WORDS WERE COLOURED
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THE THEATRE OF CONSCIENCE
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WOMEN AND LAW IN EARLY MODERN ENGLAND
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THE DEVILS LAW CASE
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Subha Mukherji is a lecturer at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University.

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