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Law and Literature

Third Edition

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$32.50 • £26.95 • €29.50

ISBN 9780674032460

Publication Date: 04/30/2009

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592 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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  • Preface
  • Critical Introduction
  • I. Literary Texts as Legal Texts
    • 1. Reflections of Law in Literature
      • Theoretical Considerations
      • The American Legal Novel
      • Camus and Stendhal
      • Farcical Trials
    • 2. Law’s Beginnings: Revenge as Legal Prototype and Literary Genre
      • The Logic of Revenge
      • Revenge Literature
      • The Iliad and Hamlet
    • 3. Antinomies of Legal Theory
      • Jurisprudential Drama from Sophocles to Shelley
      • Has Law Gender?
    • 4. The Limits of Literary Jurisprudence
      • Kafka
      • Dickens
      • Wallace Stevens
    • 5. Literary Indictments of Legal Injustice
      • Law and Ressentiment
      • Romantic Values in Literature and Law
      • Billy Budd, The Brothers Karamazov, and Law’s Limits
    • 6. Two Legal Perspectives on Kafka
      • On Reading Kafka Politically
      • In Defense of Classical Liberalism
      • The Grand Inquisitor and Other Social Theorists
    • 7. Penal Theory in Paradise Lost
      • The Punishment of Satan and His Followers
      • The Punishment of Man
      • The Punishment of the Animals
  • II. Legal Texts as Literary Texts
    • 7. Interpreting Contracts, Statutes, and Constitutions
      • Interpretation Theorized
      • What Can Law Learn from Literary Criticism?
      • Chain Novels and Black Ink
      • Interpretation as Translation
    • 8. Judicial Opinions as Literature
      • Meaning, Style, and Rhetoric
      • Aesthetic Integrity and the “Pure” versus the “Impure” Style
      • Two Cultures
  • III. How Else Might Literature Help Law?
    • 9. Literature as a Source of Background Knowledge for Law
      • Arch of Triumph
      • From Huxley to The Matrix
    • 10. Improving Trial and Appellate Advocacy
      • Sherlock Holmes to the Rescue?
      • Legal Narratology
      • Fictional Depictions of Lawyers
      • The Funeral Orations in Julius Caesar
    • 11. But Can Literature Humanize Law?
      • Aesthetic versus Moralistic Literary Criticism
      • Then Why Read Literature?
  • IV. The Regulation of Literature
    • 12. Protecting Nonwriters
      • Pornographic Fiction
      • Defamation by Fiction
    • 13. Protecting (Other) Writers
      • What Is an “Author”?
      • Copyright, Plagiarism, and Creativity
      • Parody
  • Conclusion: Law and Literature: A Manifesto
  • Index

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