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Theaters of pardoning, Bernadette Meyler., (ebook)

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Theaters of pardoning
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Theaters of pardoning
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Bernadette Meyler.
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eng
Summary
From Gerald Ford's preemptive pardon of Richard Nixon and Donald Trump's claims that as president he could pardon himself to the posthumous royal pardon of Alan Turing, the power of the pardon has a powerful hold on the political and cultural imagination. In Theaters of Pardoning, Bernadette Meyler traces the roots of contemporary understandings of pardoning to tragicomic "theaters of pardoning" in the drama and politics of seventeenth-century England. Shifts in how pardoning was represented on the stage and discussed in political tracts and in Parliament reflected the transition from a more monarchical and judgment-focused form of the concept to an increasingly parliamentary and legislative vision of sovereignty. Meyler shows that on the English stage, individual pardons of revenge subtly transformed into more sweeping pardons of revolution, from Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, where a series of final pardons interrupts what might otherwise have been a cycle of revenge, to later works like John Ford's The Laws of Candy and Philip Massinger's The Bondman, in which the exercise of mercy prevents the overturn of the state itself. In the political arena, the pardon as a right of kingship evolved into a legal concept, culminating in the idea of a general amnesty, the "Act of Oblivion," for actions taken during the English Civil War. Reconceiving pardoning as law-giving effectively displaced sovereignty from king to legislature, a shift that continues to attract suspicion about the exercise of pardoning. Only by breaking the connection between pardoning and sovereignty that was cemented in seventeenth-century England, Meyler concludes, can we reinvigorate the pardon as a democratic practice
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Midwest
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Meyler, Bernadette
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822/.409
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non fiction
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Corpus juris : the humanities in politics and law
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  • Theater
  • Clemency in literature
  • Pardon
  • Pardon
  • English drama (Tragicomedy)
  • Politics and literature
  • Law and literature
  • Political plays, English
  • Politics in literature
  • Electronic books
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adult
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Theaters of pardoning, Bernadette Meyler., (ebook)
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9781501739408
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(electronic bk.)
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MWT12447610
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remote
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12447610
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MWT12447610
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Theaters of pardoning, Bernadette Meyler., (ebook)
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Publication
Distribution
Color
multicolored
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9781501739408
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Publisher number
MWT12447610
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
12447610
System control number
MWT12447610
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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