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Published: 16 September 2020 (Estimated)

240 Pages


ISBN: 9780198861430

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Custom, Common Law, and the Constitution of English Renaissance Literature

Stephanie Elsky

Law and Literature

  • Illuminates the centrality of legal custom to early modern literature's form and content
  • Reveals the deep connection between Renaissance law and literary form
  • Offers new readings of poetry, prose, and drama by canonical and non-canonical authors, including Thomas More, Isabella Whitney, Edmund Spenser, Philip Sidney, and William Shakespeare
  • Argues against standard narratives of Renaissance periodization
  • Provides a comprehensive overview of custom's role in common law for non-legal specialists