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Legal Reform in English Renaissance Literature

Virginia Lee Strain


This book investigates rhetorical and representational practices that were used to monitor English law at the turn of the seventeenth century. While the majority of Law and Literature studies characterise the law as a force of coercion and subjugation, this book instead treats in greater depth the law’s own vulnerability, both to corruption and to correction. The dominance of law in early modern life made its failings and improvements of widespread concern: it was a regular and popular focus of criticism. The terms and techniques of legal reform provided modes of analysis through which legal a ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare, Edmund Spenser, Inns of Court, John Donne, Faerie Queene, Satire, Revels, Measure for Measure, The Winter’s Tale, Common law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474416290
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474416290.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Virginia Lee Strain, author