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Published: 28 May 2015

304 Pages | 9 black-and-white halftones


ISBN: 9780198719342

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Literature and the Law of Nations, 1580-1680

Christopher N. Warren

  • Develops a rich interdisciplinary argument by drawing from literary scholarship, legal scholarship, the history of reading, and the history of international political thought
  • Places literary form at the center of early modern debates over global legalities
  • Charts a new literary history of international law in the age of Shakespeare, Milton, Grotius, and Hobbes
  • Argues that the field of law and literature has tacitly accepted tendentious but politically consequential assumptions about whether international law is "real" law
  • Offers powerful revisionist readings of texts including Sidney's New Arcadia, Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, Bacon's Aphorismi de Jure Gentium, Hobbes's Thucydides, Milton's Paradise Lost and Samson Agonistes, and Grotius' Sophompaneas.

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