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The Legal Imagination: Renaissance Texts/Contemporary Questions

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Kevin Curran

Période de validité: 2019 -> 2019

Horaires du cours (Hebdomadaire)

Date Lieu Remarque Thématique Intervenant(s)
2019/2020 : Mardi 14:15-16:00 (Hebdomadaire) Anthropole/5093     Kevin Curran

Séminaire

Semestre d'automne
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre
Hebdomadaire
Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 5.00

Contenu

That law was a literary and political obsession in the English Renaissance is perhaps not terribly surprising. After all, legal concepts such as judgment, citizenship, personhood, punishment, and forgiveness lie at the very heart of how human collectives understand themselves socially and morally, and in the Renaissance period these modes of self-identification were being drastically reshaped by religious conflicts, colonial encounters, and new philosophical ideas about the nature of life. For writers like Thomas More, Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, and Thomas Hobbes, law emerges as much more than a collection of rules and regulations or a loose conglomerate of institutions. Instead, law for these writers represents a potent imaginative resource for confronting some of the most vexing questions of their day. With this in mind, our job in this course will be to pursue three goals. First, we will try to establish some of the unique literary characteristics of each writer's engagement with legal concepts. Second, we will explore the historical underpinnings of the emergence of a uniquely Renaissance legal imagination. Third, we will consider how Renaissance literature helps us think through present-day debates about the nature of justice.

Required Texts:

Thomas More, Utopia (Penguin)

Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, Book Five (Hackett)

William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure (Oxford)

William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale (Oxford)

Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan (Norton), selections

Available at "Books, Books, Books" in Lausanne

Informations supplémentaires

http://www.unil.ch/angl

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Maîtrise universitaire, Anglais (2015 ->) ›› Discussion sur la base d'un dossier de recherche - MA-ANG-2020Optionnel5.00
Maîtrise universitaire, Anglais (2015 ->) ›› Dissertation sur la base d'un dossier de recherche - MA-ANG-2010Optionnel5.00
Maîtrise universitaire, Anglais (2015 ->) ›› Littérature anglaise - MA-ANG-3010Optionnel5.00
Maîtrise universitaire, Programme de renforcement (2015 ->) ›› Littérature anglaise - MA-RENF-ANGOptionnel5.00
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