Kill All the Lawyers?: Shakespeare's Legal Appeal

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U of Nebraska Press, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 274 pages
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Two-thirds of Shakespeare?s plays have trial scenes, and many deal specifically with lawyers, courts, judges, and points of law. Daniel Kornstein, a practicing attorney, looks at the legal issues and aspects of Shakespeare?s plays and finds fascinating parallels with many legal and social questions of the present day. The Elizabethan age was as litigious as our own, and Shakespeare was very familiar with the language and procedures of the courts. Kill All the Lawyers? examines the ways in which Shakespeare used the law for dramatic effect and incorporated the passion for justice into his great tragedies and comedies and considers the modern legal relevance of his work. This is a ground-breaking study in the field of literature and the law, ambitious and suggestive of the value of both our literary and our legal inheritance.
  

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Contents

Chapter
3
Chapter
22
Chapter Three
35
Chapter Four
65
Chapter Five
90
Chapter
107
Chapter Seven
125
Chapter Eight
135
Chapter
156
Chapter Eleven
176
Chapter Twelve
193
Chapter Thirteen
210
Chapter Fourteen
227
Notes
247
Index
265
Copyright

Chapter Nine
143

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Daniel Kornstein was president of the Law and Humanities Institute and is a founding partner of the firm of Kornstein Veisz Wexler & Pollard, LLP, in New York City.

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