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Author Jenkins, Joseph S.
Title Inheritance law and political theology in Shakespeare and Milton : election and grace as constitutional in early modern literature and beyond / by Joseph S. Jenkins.
Imprint Burlington, VT : Ashgate, [2012]

Author Jenkins, Joseph S.
Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Knowledge and learning -- Law.
Milton, John, 1608-1674 -- Knowledge and learning -- Law.
English literature -- Early modern, 1500-1600 -- History and criticism.
Law and literature -- England -- History -- 16th century.
Law and literature -- England -- History -- 17th century.
Inheritance and succession in literature.
Description 1 online resource
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Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Cover; Contents; List of Figures; Acknowledgements; Introduction: Theological Will and Human Last Will; Inter-Chapter Theory Signpost #1; 1 Reading for Revelation, Election as Willful Curse, and Grace in the Origins of English Common Law; Part 1: Sons; 2 Hamlet: Elected to Annihilation; 3 Macbeth: Murderous Rivalry over Succession Control; Inheritance of Grace as State of Exception; Inter-Chapter Theory Signpost #2; Part 2: Daughters; 4 Merchant: Portia's Will and the Grace of Forebear-and-Follower Bonds; 5 Tempest: Renouncing the Grip on the Daughter.
Prospero and Alonzo's Partnership Beyond Last WillsInter-Chapter Theory Signpost #3; Part 3: Republicans; 6 Machiavellian Virtú and Time; 7 Paradise Lost: Satan as Disappointed Second Son; Two Last Wills and "Reason" as Cover for Insistences; Inter-Chapter Theory Signpost #4; Epilogue: A Humanities-Based Approach to Current U.S. Inheritance Law; Bibliography; Index.
Summary Reading God's will and a man's Last Will as ideas that reinforce one another, this study shows the relevance of England's early modern crisis, regarding faith in the will of God, to current debates by legal academics on the theory of property and its succession. Vividly treating literary and biblical battles of will, the book suggests new approaches to legal constitution informed by these dramas and by English legal history.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781409454854 (electronic bk.)
1409454851 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 820723112
Additional Format Print version: Jenkins, Joseph S. Inheritance law and political theology in Shakespeare and Milton. Burlington, VT : Ashgate, ©2012 9781409454847 (DLC) 2012025009 (OCoLC)798498955

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