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Theaters of intention : drama and the law in early modern England

Author: Luke Wilson
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2000.
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Early modern Britain witnessed a transformation in legal reasoning about human volition and intentional action, which contributed to new conventions and techniques for the theatrical representation of premeditated conduct. Theaters of Intention examines the relation between law and theater in this period, reading plays by Shakespeare, Jonson, Marlowe, and others to demonstrate how legal understanding of willful  Read more...
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Wilson, Luke (Luke Andrew).
Theaters of intention.
Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2000
(OCoLC)606486828
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Luke Wilson
ISBN: 0804734143 9780804734141
OCLC Number: 44650810
Description: x, 362 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Hamlet, Hales v petit, and the hysteresis of action --
2. Ben Jonson and the law of contract --
3. Commodities and contracts --
4. Promissory performances --
5. Contracting damnation --
6. Nobodies that matter.
Responsibility: Luke Wilson.
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