By Andrew Zurcher

ISBN-10: 1904271723

ISBN-13: 9781904271727

Readers of Shakespeare's language, from the playhouse to the school room, have lengthy been conscious of his abnormal curiosity in felony phrases and ideas - Richard II's our bodies, Hamlet's quiddities and quillets, Pandarus' peine specialty et dure. during this new learn, Andrew Zurcher takes a clean, traditionally delicate examine Shakespeare's meticulous inn to criminal language, texts, options, and arguments in quite a number performs and poems. Following a preface that situates Shakespeare's lifestyles in the quite a few criminal groups of his Stratford and London sessions, Zurcher reconsiders the ways that Shakespeare adapts felony language and ideas to determine difficulties approximately being, understanding, examining, interpretation, and action.

In difficult new readings of performs from King John and Henry IV to As you're keen on It and Hamlet, Shakespeare and Law finds the significance of early glossy universal felony pondering to Shakespeare's representations of inheritance, ownership, gift-giving, oath-swearing, agreement, sovereignty, judgment, and moral sense - and, eventually, to our personal reception and interpretation of his works.

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