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Fatal FictionsCrime and Investigation in Law and Literature$
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Alison L. LaCroix, Richard H. McAdams, and Martha C. Nussbaum

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190610784

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190610784.001.0001

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What’s Love Got to Do with It?

What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Sexual Exploitation in Measure for Measure

Chapter:
(p.139) 7 What’s Love Got to Do with It?
Source:
Fatal Fictions
Author(s):

Pamela Foa

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190610784.003.0007

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 all the action. Foa, a former prosecutor, undertakes to provide a prosecutor’s answer, exploring what evidence there is to argue that the duke’s motivation is corrupt and criminal. Foa shows that the play is at least as much about the corrupting effect of power as the relative virtues or vices of lax or strict enforcement of legal codes prescribing morals and sexual crimes.

Keywords:   Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, gender, power, law enforcement, prosecution

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