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Eternal bonds, true contracts : law and nature in Shakespeare's problem plays

Author: A G Harmon
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Eternal Bonds, True Contracts, A.G. Harmon closely analyzes Shakespeare's concentrated use of the law and its instruments in what have often been referred to as the problem plays: Measure for Measure, Troilus and Cressida, The Merchant of Venice, and All's Well That Ends Well. Harmon explores the theory and practice of contractual obligations in Renaissance England, especially those involving marriage and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Tragicomedies
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: A G Harmon
ISBN: 0791461173 9780791461174 0791461181 9780791461181
OCLC Number: 52860213
Description: vii, 195 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The semblance of virtue : law, nature, and Shakespeare --
Things seen and unseen : the contracts in Measure for measure --
Perfection in reversion : the mock contract in Troilus and Cressida --
Matching meanings : contracts, bonds, and sureties in The merchant of Venice --
Lawful title : contractual performance in All's well that ends well --
Nature's double name : beyond the problem plays.
Responsibility: A.G. Harmon.

Abstract:

"In Eternal Bonds, True Contracts, A.G. Harmon closely analyzes Shakespeare's concentrated use of the law and its instruments in what have often been referred to as the problem plays: Measure for Measure, Troilus and Cressida, The Merchant of Venice, and All's Well That Ends Well. Harmon explores the theory and practice of contractual obligations in Renaissance England, especially those involving marriage and property, in order to identify contractual elements and their formation, execution, and breach in the plays. Using both legal and literary resources, Harmon reveals the larger significance of these contractual concepts by illustrating how Shakespeare develops them both dramatically and thematically. Harmon's study ultimately enables the reader to perceive not only these plays but also all of Shakespeare's writing - including his poetry - as integral with, and implicated in, the proliferating legalism that was helping to define early modern English culture."--Jacket.

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