Statuta and Acts: Interpretation, Music, and Early English Legislation
50 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2012
Date Written: 1995
This article compares music and law in the period 1200-1500 in order to highlight the shared social and textual history of each, looking particularly at changing ideas of normativity, authority, and textuality in each genre and arguing for the significance of music for the changing social meaning of law and law for the changing social meaning of music. Formal, textual,a nd social analysis cohere to develop an argument for music as an important field of inquiry into the cultural representation of law.
Keywords: legal aesthetics, law and music, law and humanities, cultural representations of law, legal history, music history
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