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Shakespeare's Imaginary Constitution
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Introduction 1 'Terras Astraea reliquit': Titus Andronicus and the Flight of Justice 2 The Comedy of Errors and the Meaning of Contract 3 Reflections on the Art of Kingship: Richard II and the Subject of Law 4 The Poetic Imagination, Antique Fables and the Dream of Law 5 The Ancient Constitution, Common Law and the Idyll of Albion: Law and Lawyers in Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 6 The Congregation of the Mighty: the Juridical State and the Measure of Justice Conclusion

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Paul Raffield is an Associate Professor in the School of Law at the University of Warwick.

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'It is now canon in progressive U.S. legal scholarship that to focus solely on the text of our Constitution is myopic. We look as well for "constitutional moments", moments when the zeitgeist is so transformed that our fundamental legal charter changes with it. In this breathtakingly erudite book, Paul Raffield argues that the late-Elizabethan period was such a "constitutional moment" in England, a moment literally "played out" for the polity by the greatest dramatist of all time. A lawyer and a thespian, Raffield handles both legal and literary sources with exquisite care. As with the works of the Old Masters, one dwells pleasurably on each detail until their cumulative force presses one backward to see the canvas in its sudden, glorious entirety. A major achievement.' Kenji Yoshino Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law, NYU School of Law "Shakespeare's Imaginary Constitution" is a fascinating read of how art influences life and life reflects back on art. James A. Cox The Midwest Book Review February 2011

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