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Theaters of Pardoning

Bernadette Meyler


To address the roots of pardoning’s treatment in contemporary politics and uncover what new formulations of pardoning might contribute, this book examines the role of what it calls “theaters of pardoning”—a form of tragicomedy—in the drama and politics of seventeenth-century England. Historically, shifts in the representation of pardoning tracked the transition from a more monarchical and judgment-focused to an increasingly parliamentary and legislative vision of sovereignty. On stage, a transformation surreptitiously took place from individual pardons of revenge to more sweeping pardons of re ... More

Keywords: Pardoning, Tragicomedy, William Shakespeare, Sovereignty, Amnesty, Law and literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781501739330
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501739330.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bernadette Meyler, author
Stanford University