May 2, 2018

My edited collection, Renaissance Personhood: Materiality, Taxonomy, Process, will be published by Edinburgh University Press in 2019. It features essays by John Michael Archer, Amanda Bailey, Joseph Campana, Kevin Curran, Holly Dugan, David Goldstein, Colby GordonWendy Beth Hyman, Stephanie Elsky, Gregory Kneidel, and Luke Wilson. Below is short description.

At the heart of Renaissance Personhood is a simple but neglected question: What did it mean to be a “person” in Renaissance England? We know there was a basic legal conception of personhood available at least since Magna Carta (1215), a baseline guarantee that no free man could be harmed save in accordance with the law of the land. The idea was, and still is, that humans possess some fundamental degree of liberty and that communities work better when that liberty is protected. But personhood does not simply enshrine liberty. More precisely, it instrumentalizes it through basic legal transactions such as litigation, property trans...

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