Essay on Shakespeare Moot Court Project
Desmond Manderson and Paul Yachnin created the Shakespeare Moot Court Project in
2002, aimed at exploring the interpretative nature of law and literature in relation to Shakespeare.
In this court, Shakespeare is law; his plays and sonnets form a body of law used to argue cases of various topics. In 2003-2004, the project took on the issue of same-sex marriage in “Love on
Trial: Same Sex Marriage and the Law of Shakespeare.” Halpern v. Attorney General of
Canada, a case from 2002 that challenged the heterosexual definition of marriage in Ontario, was the starting point of the project. The legality of same-sex marriage according to
Shakespeare was considered in relation to the meaning of the institution and …show more content…
“interpersonal commitment and faith” rather than their integration within a heterosexual institution (511). Though these arguments rely on Shakespeare to answer a question pertaining to law, they also rely on Shakespeare to discuss a specific Canadian concern regarding the issue of same-sex marriage.
In Shakespeare’s time, homosexuality was conceptualized in a radically different way than in contemporary thought. In the twentieth century, the gay pride movement, the influence of feminism and the