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Property Law in Renaissance Literature


Daniela Carpi

The essays included in this collection take into consideration particular aspects of property law in English, French, and Italian literatures, thus demonstrating how the European countries share this interest, and how the security of the states rests on solid patrimonial laws. Literature once more serves the function of echoing what takes place in society, and it textualizes seeds of either agreement or discontent with the law itself, which in turn appears either inimical or friendly. All of the essays discuss the equity or inequity of juridical systems and how the common man tolerates juridical precepts either willingly or unwillingly. The law may curb and force man into obedience and he may suffer for it, or he may benefit from particular interpretations of the law itself. In any case, all the essays bring about a dialogue between law and literature, to which field of study this book belongs.
Contents: Daniela Carpi: Introduction – Richard H. Weisberg: Nietzsche’s Hermeneutics: Good and Bad Interpreters of Texts – Ida Mastrorosa: Comic Plots and Property Law in Plautus’s Trinummus: Humanistic and Renaissance Reflections – Marco Cavina: Rational Animal by Participation. Images of Patriarchal Power from Ariosto to Tasso – Luisa Avellini: Property and Inheritance in the Renaissance novella: from Arienti’s Porretane to Bandello’s Novelle – Jean Paul Pittion: Land Rhetoric and Ideology in Sir John Davies’s Report on the Case of Tanistry (1615) – Ian Ward: The King’s Great Matter: Shakespeare, Patriarchy and the Question of Succession – Giuseppina Restivo: To Have and Have not in Shakespeare: Patrimonial Questions in «As you like it» – Maurizio Pedrazza Gorlero: Macbeth, or the Question of Dominion – Richard Cave: Patrilineal Law and the Plays of Ben Jonson – Daniela Carpi: Person and Property in Thomas Middleton’s A Chaste Maid in Cheapside – Géraldine Cazals: From Law to Literature: Guillaume de La Perrière’s Intellectual Path – Giovanni Rossi: «De l’affection des pères aux enfants»: Sentimental Bonds and Juridical Bonds in Montaigne, Essais, II, 8 – Adam Gearey: The Voice of Dominium - Property, Possession and Renaissance Figures in The Cantos of Ezra Pound – Peter J. Alscher/Richard H. Weisberg: King James and an Obsession with The Merchant of Venice.