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    Substitution for substitution in Measure for Measure

    Schütz, Anton (2013) Substitution for substitution in Measure for Measure. Sillages Critiques 15 , ISSN 1969-6302.

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    Is Measure for Measure “Shakespeare’s play on law”, as it is often asserted? Law appears together with religion and politics as one combined powerful normative order. The judge’s power is shaped, not in terms of the adversarial trial of the common law, but in those of the continental inquisitorial one. At the heart of the play we find, this too has frequently been pointed out, the theme of substitution: Angelo substitutes for the Duke, Mariana for Isabella, Ragozine’s head for Claudio’s, the friar for the Duke, the Duke for the friar. Angelo’s jurisdiction provides a specific rule with total and immediate application, substituting for its previous long-term abeyance under the Duke’s. Is Shakespeare’s Angelo also, and perhaps primarily, a substitute for the holder of the absolute and yet ordinate power ascribed to God by another friar, John Duns Scotus (1265-1308), in whose theology the angels play such an important role, and of whose doctrine we know that it was to flourish in England for many centuries to come?


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Shakespeare, law, absolutism, lex talionis, duke, angel, potentia absoluta, Duns Scotus, rule of law, oikonomia
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2013 09:42
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:02


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