Literature and the Law of Nations, 1580-1680

ISBN : 9780198719342

Christopher Norton Warren
304 ページ
163 x 241 mm

In this groundbreaking study, Christopher Warren argues that early modern literary genres were deeply tied to debates about global legal order and that todayas international law owes many of its most basic suppositions to early modern literary culture. Literature and the Law of Nations shows how the separation of scholarship on law from scholarship on literature has limited the understanding of international law on both sides. Warren suggests that both literary and legal scholars have tacitly accepted tendentious but politically consequential assumptions about whether international law is areala law. Literature and the Law of Nations recognizes the specific nature of early modern international law by showing how major writers of the English Renaissance-including Shakespeare, Milton, and Hobbes-deployed genres like epic, tragedy, comedy, tragicomedy, and history to shore up the canonical subjects and objects of modern international law. Warren demonstrates how Renaissance literary genres informed modern categories like public international law, private international law, international legal personality, and human rights. Students and scholars of Renaissance literature, intellectual history, the history of international law, and the history of political thought will find in Literature and the Law of Nations a rich interdisciplinary argument that challenges the usual accounts by charting a new literary history of international law.


The Stakes of International Law and Literature
From Epic to Public International Law: Philip Sidney, Alberico Gentili, and "Intercourse Among Enemies"
Jacobean Comedy and the Anagnorisis of Private International Law
The Tragicomic Law of Nations: The Winter's Tale and the Union
From Imperial History to International Law: Thucydides, Hobbes, and the Law of Nations
From Biblical Tragedy to Human Rights: International Legal Personality in Grotius' Sophompaneas and Milton's Samson Agonistes
"A Problem from Hell": From Paradise Lost to the Responsibility to Protect


Christopher N. Warren is an Assistant Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, where he teaches courses on law, literature, and the humanities. Warren's scholarship has appeared in English Literary Renaissance, The Seventeenth Century, and the European Journal of International Law. Prior to Carnegie Mellon, Warren trained at the University of Oxford before a receiving a Harper-Schmidt fellowship in the University of Chicago's Society of Fellows.