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'Desperately mortal': exclusion in Shakespeare's legal plays

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posted on 2007-01-01, 00:00 authored by John MorssJohn Morss
Shakespeare's most explicitly 'legal' plays are The Merchant of Venice and Measure for Measure. Both examine the interaction between human desire on one hand and the law on the other. In both plays laws cuts through the social hierarchies, either neutralising or exaggerating them. Key characters find their exclusion nullified by the law, and then discover inclusion is far worse than exclusion.

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Journal

Deakin law review

Volume

12

Issue

1

Pagination

181 - 191

Publisher

School of Law, Deakin University

Location

Melbourne, Vic

ISSN

1321-3660

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

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2007, Deakin University

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