Shakespeare and the Lower Register of Constitutional Thought | University of Oxford

Shakespeare and the Lower Register of Constitutional Thought

Speaker
Professor Denis Galligan, Professor of Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford
Event date
Event time
17:30 - 18:30
Venue
Wolfson College
Linton Road
Oxford
OX2 6UD
Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Recommended

The great speech of Ulysses in Troilus and Cressida gives a conventional and orthodox view of the organic constitution, in which all is orderly and all are in their place. It is a view from above, from the upper end of society, from an upper register of thought.

The purpose of this lecture is to draw out from selected plays a quite different view, one from below, one shared by the common people. This lower register of constitutional thought proves to be more authentic, grounded in social reality, and the key to understanding constitutionalism and constitutional history.

Professor Denis Galligan, Professor of Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford will deliver this lecture as part of the new programme on Law, Film and Literature.