The Theatre as a Suitable Place for Jurisprudential Reflection

Alexander Maine

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Throughout the evolution of the theatre, one of its key functions has been to portray the impact and interplay of gods, kings and the individual, and the implications that stem from this. As such it has proved itself to be a suitable place for jurisprudential discussion and to exhibit savagery through fantasy. From this, reasoned discussion is therefore dramatised in order to become entertaining, providing a requisite for cathartic savagery. As one of Shakespeare’s seminal plays (despite his authorship continually being disputed), Titus Andronicus offers an explicit representation of savagery and constitutionalism through the manipulation of justice by the Emperor Saturninus.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-16
JournalNorth East Law Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 16 Mar 2016


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