The English Legal Imaginary, 1500-1700, Parts I and II 

Part I: Princeton University, 17-18 April, 2015

Part II: University of St Andrews, 1-2 May, 2015

 The English Legal Imaginary Part I The English Legal Imaginary, Part II

The English Legal Imaginary, Part II is an interdisciplinary conference involving leading scholars working at the intersections of law, politics, literature and history in early modern England. The conference papers will contribute to the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of English Law and Literature, 1500-1700. Topics include: Roman law and common law, law and drama; law and education; equity, legal reform and literary censorship.

Speakers include: Martin Butler, Bradin Cormack, Alan Cromartie, Steve Hindle; Rab Houston, Lorna Hutson, David Ibbetson, James McBain, Subha Mukherji, Joad Raymond, Carolyn Sale, James Sharpe, Erica Sheen, Quentin Skinner, Virginia Lee Strain, Elliott Visconsi, Ian Williams, Jessica Winston, and Andrew Zurcher.

Jacqueline Baker at Oxford University Press commissioned Bradin Cormack (Princeton University) and Lorna Hutson (University of St Andrews) to edit The Oxford Handbook of English Law and Literature, 1500-1700.

The editors have approached over forty scholars from to write essays on the productive encounter between law and literature in the periods 1500-1625 and 1625-1700.

The Oxford Handbook of English Law and Literature, 1550-1700 is unusual among the Oxford Handbooks series in that it is explicitly interdisciplinary. Contributors from different scholarly fields – mainly from Departments of Law, History and English Literature – have been asked to address major topics of common concern (such as ‘property and person’, ‘empire’, ‘law and polity’, ‘print and orality’) from a legally-inflected point of view.

It is partly the Handbook’s interdisciplinarity, and partly the fact that it aims not so much to be a handbook to an existing field as to constitute and map out that field, that has prompted us to want to foster dialogue and debate among contributors from different disciplines.

We will do this through this unique two-part conference. We also have a blog at: http://imagininglaw.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk.