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Theaters of Intention

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Luke WilsonOhio State University, USA

ISBN13: 9780804734141
ISBN: 0804734143
Published: December 2000
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Format: Hardback
Price: £50.00



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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 human action pervades sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English drama.;Drawing on case law, legal treatises, parliamentary journals, and theatrical account books, the author considers the interplay between theatrical deliberation and legal dramatization of human intention. He analyzes such canonical plays as Hamlet, Timon of Athens, Dr. Faustus, Bartholomew Fair, and Othello alongside less familiar texts, including Barnes s The Devil s Charter, Jonson s Entertainment at Althorp, and the anonymous Nobody and Somebody.

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Contents:
List of illustrations; Preface and acknowledgments; Introduction; 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; Afterword; Notes; Bibliography; Index.