Eternal Bonds, True Contracts: Law and Nature in Shakespeare's Problem Plays
SUNY Press, 2004年7月15日 - 195页
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. Contracts, bonds, sureties, wills all ensure a changed relationship between parties, and in Shakespeare the terms are nearly always reserved for use in the contexts of marriage and fellowship. 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.
大家的评论 - 撰写书评
The Mock Contract
Beyond the Problem Plays
其他版本 - 查看全部
achieve Achilles All's Angelo Antonio appearances appetite Bassanio becomes Bertram bond bring called cause ceremony characters child choose claims Claudio comedies comes commercial bond common consideration considered death deeds Duke effect elements emphasis added Ends example explain fact faith father final friendship further give Greeks hand Hector Helena honor husband idea important integrity Isabella justice kind King lack land lies lust Mariana marriage contract marry match matter means Measure for Measure Merchant of Venice mock nature never object observance Parolles parties performance play Portia promises prove reason references regarding relationship result reveals ring says scene seems sexual Shakespeare shows Shylock similar society takes tells theme things transformation trick Troilus and Cressida Trojan true turn union valid virtue wife witness worth