‘The Law of a Commonweal’: The Social Vision of Hooker’s Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity and Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew

Jacobsen, Ken (2008) ‘The Law of a Commonweal’: The Social Vision of Hooker’s Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity and Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Animus, 12. pp. 15-28. ISSN 1209-0689

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Abstract

Hooker’s Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity and Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew represent the issues of sociality and dissent in strikingly similar terms and articulate a common social vision. Both writers strive to harmonize social unity with inward liberty. Hooker seeks not only to refute the non-conformity of his Puritan opponents, but to reconcile them, in both heart and mind, to the social order to which they belong. Similarly, Petruchio convincingly demonstrates to Katherine that the common good and her own personal happiness substantially coincide in the reciprocity and communion of marriage.


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Item Type: Article
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/281
Item ID: 281
Department(s): Grenfell Campus > Division of Arts > English
Date: May 2008
Date Type: Publication

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