I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of English at USC. Currently, I am completing my dissertation “Popular Jurisprudence in Early Modern England,” an investigation of law and emotion in the time of Shakespeare. In this period, common lawyers defined legal wisdom as reading and practice. In contrast, the literature by the lay intelligentsia—John Foxe, Shakespeare, Francis Bacon, James I, and others—theorized the ability of every “good” person to intuit “jurisprudentia” through moral, aesthetic, or religious feeling. The purpose of my study is two-fold: to tell the story of popular jurisprudence through literary works and to show how this early modern cultural phenomenon lays the foundation for our modern ideas about the place of emotion in law.
My research at the Huntington Library, British Library, Lambeth Palace Library, and the Bodleian Library has been supported by the USC English Department, USC Graduate School, USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute, USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, USC Center for Law, History, and Culture, and U of Toronto's Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies.
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