A Critical Introduction to Law and Literature

A Critical Introduction to Law and Literature

by Kieran Dolin
     
 

Despite their apparent separation, law and literature have been closely linked fields throughout history. Linguistic creativity is central to the law, with literary modes such as narrative and metaphor infiltrating legal texts. Equally, legal norms of good and bad conduct, of identity and human responsibility, are reflected or subverted in literature's engagement with… See more details below

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Despite their apparent separation, law and literature have been closely linked fields throughout history. Linguistic creativity is central to the law, with literary modes such as narrative and metaphor infiltrating legal texts. Equally, legal norms of good and bad conduct, of identity and human responsibility, are reflected or subverted in literature's engagement with questions of law and justice. Law seeks to regulate creative expression, while literary texts critique and sometimes openly resist the law. Kieran Dolin introduces this interdisciplinary field, focusing on the many-ways that law and literature have addressed and engaged with each other. He charts the history of the shifting relations between the two disciplines, from the open affiliation between literature and law in the sixteenth-century Inns of Court to the less visible links of contemporary culture. Each chapter is organised around close analysis of a famous trial or literary-legal encounter. The wide resonance of such trials illuminates the cultural centrality of law, and the social responsiveness of literature. This book provides an accessible guide to one of the most exciting areas of interdisciplinary scholarship today.

About the Author:
Kieran Dolin is Senior Lecturer in English and Cultural Studies at the University of Western Australia

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521002028
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/18/2011
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     vii=970 01tIntroduction to law and literature: walking the boundary   Robert Frost$dThe Supreme Court     1
Eminent Domains: The Text of the Law and the Law of the Text     17
Law's language     19
Literature under the law     41
Law and Literature in History     73
Renaissance humanism and the new culture of contract     75
Crime and punishment in the eighteenth century     96
The woman question in Victorian England     120
The common law and the ache of modernism     143
Rumpole in Africa: law and literature in post-colonial society     166
Race and representation in contemporary America     182
Conclusion     207
Notes     213
Bibliography     235
Index     260

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