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The Invention of Suspicion: Law and Mimesis in Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama

Lorna Hutson


This book proposes that certain qualities for which English Renaissance drama is famous, such as what Dryden called its ‘variety and greatness of characters’ and its ‘copiousness and well-knitting of intrigue’, may be in part attributable to the close relationship in this period between developments in English legal culture and those in dramatic writing. The book shows how the English justice system underwent changes in the 16th century that, because of the system's participatory nature, had a widespread effect. These changes gradually made evidence evaluation a popular skill: justices of peac ... More

Keywords: character, evidence, justice of peace, jury, narrative, narratio, forensic rhetoric, Jonson

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199212439
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212439.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lorna Hutson, author
Berry Professor of English Literature, University of St Andrews
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