The blog of the "Law and the Humanities" course at the RomaTre University (Law Faculty) directed by Prof. Emanuele Conte. By Stefania Gialdroni and Angela Condello
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Friday, April 27, 2012
5 Law and Literature: Measure for Measure by Shakespeare
these are the questions, which prof. Conte asked me to post after your presentations today:
In Shakespeare's Measure for Measure there is a sharp distinction between strict application of law in court and a merciful exercise of authority. It is a very old opposition, since ancient Greek literature and Christian tradition.
Do you think that such ancient exemples are still actual, in the perspective of Law and Literature? Or perhaps should a lawyer choose more recent literary works in order to understand the relationship between law and mercy in the today's culture?
More in general: literary, iconographic, architectural witnesses of the perception of law by artists (and society) are useful to today's lawyers even if they are far back in time?