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Shakespeare and the Law: A Conversation among Disciplines and Professions

Bradin Cormack, Martha C. Nussbaum, and Richard Strier


William Shakespeare is inextricably linked with the law. Legal documents make up most of the records we have of his life, and trials, lawsuits, and legal terms permeate his plays. Gathering a team of literary and legal scholars, philosophers, and even sitting judges, this book demonstrates that Shakespeare's thinking about legal concepts and legal practice points to a deep and sometimes vexed engagement with the law's technical workings, its underlying premises, and its social effects. It opens with three chapters that provide useful frameworks for approaching the topic, offering perspectives ... More

Keywords: William Shakespeare, law, legal documents, trials, lawsuits, legal terms, legal concepts, legal practice, common law, Measure for Measure

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226924939
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226924946.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bradin Cormack, editor

Martha C. Nussbaum, editor

Richard Strier, editor

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Front Matter


Bradin Cormack, Martha C. Nussbaum, and Richard Strier

Part One How to Think “Law and Literature” in Shakespeare

Decision, Possession

Bradin Cormack

“Lively Evidence”

Lorna Hutson

Part II Shakespeare’s Knowledge of Law

Part III Shakespeare’s Attitudes toward Law

Law, Politics, and Community in Shakespeare

A British People

Marie Theresa O’Connor

Part Five Roundtable

A Justice, a Judge, a Philosopher, and an English Professor

Bradin Cormack, Martha C. Nussbaum, and Richard Strier

End Matter