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Monetary Policy King John and Measure for Measure

David Landreth

in The Face of Mammon: The Matter of Money in English Renaissance Literature

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199773299
eISBN:
9780199932665
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199773299.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Two of Shakespeare's political plays, King John and Measure for Measure, use the minting of the sovereign's portrait upon the coin to define the political problem of reproduction. For King John, the ... More


Dramatic Judgments Measure for Measure, Revenge, and the Institution of the Law

Bernadette Meyler

in Theaters of Pardoning

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781501739330
eISBN:
9781501739392
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501739330.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Analyzing William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure as the paradigm for theaters of pardoning, this chapter examines the relationships among judgment, pardoning and sovereignty in the play. It posits ... More


‘Usurp the beggary he was never born to’: Measure for Measure and the Questioning of Divine Kingship

Beatrice Groves

in Texts and Traditions: Religion in Shakespeare 1592 - 1604

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199208982
eISBN:
9780191706158
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208982.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter looks at Shakespeare's first play after the regime change of 1603 and considers how the fusion of divine and royalist imagery examined in King John and 1 Henry IV is affected by the ... More


The Assize Circuitry of Measure for Measure

Virginia Lee Strain

in Legal Reform in English Renaissance Literature

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474416290
eISBN:
9781474444903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474416290.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

In this chapter, it is argued that Measure for Measure is patterned on the cyclical structure of the Assize sessions, through which judges from Westminster presided over trials in counties throughout ... More


Chastity and the Ethics of Commercial Theatre in Measure for Measure, Pericles and the Revenger’s Tragedy

Katherine Gillen

in Chaste Value: Economic Crisis, Female Chastity and the Production of Social Difference on Shakespeare's Stage

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781474417716
eISBN:
9781474434539
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417716.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter explores the ways in which chastity is invoked to designate representational, economic, and ethical legitimacy. Antitheatrical tracts often depict the theatre as a brothel that ... More


“O Just But Severe Law!”: Weighing Puritanism in Twelfth Night and Measure for Measure

Brian Walsh

in Unsettled Toleration: Religious Difference on the Shakespearean Stage

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2016
ISBN:
9780198754435
eISBN:
9780191816109
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198754435.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies, Drama

This chapter examines a different mode of representing Puritan and non-Puritan interactions through Malvolio from Twelfth Night and Angelo from Measure for Measure. Both plays have been called ... More


Mingled Yarns and Hybrid Worlds: ‘We Taste Nothing Purely’, Measure for Measure, and All’s Well That Ends Well

Peter G. Platt

in Shakespeare's Essays: Sampling Montaigne from Hamlet to The Tempest

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474463409
eISBN:
9781474490870
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474463409.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter focuses on both authors’ exploration of the blended and hybrid nature of the world and compares “We Taste Nothing Purely” (2.20) with Shakespeare’s notoriously mixed, “impure” plays, ... More


Shakespeare Reshaped, 1606-1623

Gary Taylor and John Jowett

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780198122562
eISBN:
9780191671470
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122562.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This book explores the ways in which Shakespeare's texts were reshaped in his lifetime and up till the publication of the First Folio, and the kinds of outside interference to which they were ... More


The Face of Judgement in Measure for Measure

Kevin Curran

in Face-to-Face in Shakespearean Drama: Ethics, Performance, Philosophy

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474435680
eISBN:
9781474465014
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474435680.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

Like a number of other Renaissance comedies and romances, Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure ends with a scene of judgment in which punishment and reward is distributed among a group of characters. ... More


Repairs in the Dark: Measure for Measure and the End of Comedy

Sarah Beckwith

in Shakespeare and the Grammar of Forgiveness

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449789
eISBN:
9780801460623
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449789.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter explores the language of promising by focusing on Measure for Measure, a play by William Shakespeare in which marriage contracts and the relation between intent and consent are ... More


Seeming Difference in Measure for Measure and All's Well that Ends Well

Gillian Woods

in Shakespeare's Unreformed Fictions

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199671267
eISBN:
9780191750670
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671267.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

Chapter 3 tackles ‘problem’ comedy to investigate how equivocally Catholic material is resolved into the structurally happy (if tonally ambiguous) endings of Measure for Measure and All's Well that ... More


Both Sides Now

Neil Rhodes

in Shakespeare and the Origins of English

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199245727
eISBN:
9780191715259
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245727.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter discusses drama as ‘speech-writing’. It identifies the dramatic construction of moral ambiguity, which led to the concept of the ‘problem play’ as a major strand in 20th-century ... More


What’s Love Got to Do with It?: Sexual Exploitation in

Pamela Foa

in Fatal Fictions: Crime and Investigation in Law and Literature

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780190610784
eISBN:
9780190610807
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190610784.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, Drama

Chapter 7 addresses one of Shakespeare’s most overtly legal plays: Measure for Measure. There has always been serious disagreement about the motives of the Duke of Vienna, whose odd decisions spur ... More


The ‘Raging Motions’ of Eros on Shakespeare’s Stage

Gillian Knoll

in Conceiving Desire in Lyly and Shakespeare: Metaphor, Cognition and Eros

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781474428521
eISBN:
9781474481175
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474428521.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

Chapter 2 studies Shakespeare’s metaphors of stillness and motion in Measure for Measure and Othello. While some of Shakespeare’s characters are immobilised by erotic desire, others experience desire ... More


Shakespeare and the Law: A Conversation among Disciplines and Professions

Bradin Cormack, Martha C. Nussbaum, and Richard Strier (eds)

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226924939
eISBN:
9780226924946
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226924946.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

William Shakespeare is inextricably linked with the law. Legal documents make up most of the records we have of his life, and trials, lawsuits, and legal terms permeate his plays. Gathering a team of ... More


Speaking (of) Faces: The Gestural Body in Measure for Measure

Elizabeth D. Harvey

in Geographies of Embodiment in Early Modern England

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780198852742
eISBN:
9780191887109
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198852742.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Measure for Measure is a play that reveals how bodily and affective language is entangled with anatomical understandings of muscles, gesture, and early modern psychology. The face was the primary map ... More


Interpreting Statute In Measure for Measure

Constance Jordan

in Shakespeare and the Law: A Conversation among Disciplines and Professions

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226924939
eISBN:
9780226924946
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226924946.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

Shakespeare's Measure for Measure is seen to be a conflicted work in the sense of its portrayal of the prince's governance being both rigorously punitive and at the same time mercifully forgiving, a ... More


Shakespeare and the Theological–Political Problem

Alex Schulman

in Rethinking Shakespeare's Political Philosophy: From Lear to Leviathan

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780748682416
eISBN:
9781474406383
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748682416.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter addresses the political consequences of bondage understood as total bodily alienation through Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice and Measure for Measure. These plays present areas where ... More


The Erotics of Doubt

Wendy Beth Hyman

in Impossible Desire and the Limits of Knowledge in Renaissance Poetry

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780198837510
eISBN:
9780191874154
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198837510.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

“The Erotics of Doubt” contends that the carpe diem trope whose classical form was an expression of pragmatic Epicureanism became, during the religious upheaval of the Reformation, an unlikely but ... More


All Roads Lead to Rome

David Scott Kastan

in A Will to Believe: Shakespeare and Religion

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199572892
eISBN:
9780191770456
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572892.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies, Drama

The chapter considers the treatment of Catholics in the plays, recognizing how often their presence is largely without any sectarian charge. It goes on to consider the two problematic cases, King ... More


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