Law and Literature: Text and Theory / Edition 1

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First published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Meet the Author

Lenora Ledwon holds a J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Notre Dame. She teaches law and literature and legal writing at Mercer Law School in Macon, Georgia, and has published articles in various journals.

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Table of Contents

Sect. I Relations Between Law and Literature: Critical Contexts
The Judicial Opinion and the Poem: Ways of Reading, Ways of Life 5
How Law Is Like Literature 29
Working on the Chain Gang: Interpretation in Law and Literature 47
Law and Literature: A Relation Reargued 61
Convergences: Law, Literature, and Feminism 91
Economic Man and Literary Woman: One Contrast 127
Sect. II Law, Justice, and Ethics
"To Edwin V. McKenzie: On His Defense of David Lamson"; "To a Woman on Her Defense of Her Brother Unjustly Convicted of Murder: Written after an Initial Study of the Evidence"; "To David Lamson: Awaiting Retrial, in the Jail at San Jose" 139
"The Defence of Guenevere" 141
Trifles 151
Chapter 6, Anatomy of a Murder 165
Chapter 1, Diary of a Yuppie 169
"The Law," The Floating Opera 174
"On the Duty of Civil Disobedience" 189
"Apology" 201
Sect. III Law and Worldview
"Law Like Love" 221
"Hamilton Greene," Spoon River Anthology 223
Act I, Scene VI, Saint Joan 225
Chapter I, "In Chancery," Bleak House 251
"Before the Law," The Trial 255
"Bartleby the Scrivener" 256
"Address to the Prisoners in the Cook County Jail" 283
Sect. IV Law and Punishment
"On Teaching the Legality of Televising Capital Punishments" 293
"Porphyria's Lover" 294
Act 4, Scene 1, The Merchant of Venice 297
Part II, Chapters 3 and 4; A Clockwork Orange 311
Chapter 43, "The Verdict," Adam Bede 317
"Panopticism, Discipline and Punish 323
Sect. V Law and Oppression: Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality
"Hard Rock Returns to Prison from the Hospital for the Criminal Insane" 351
Act I, Scenes 9-11; Zoot Suit 353
Act I, Scenes 5 and 6; Bent 366
"Jim's Capture," Huckleberry Finn 377
Chapter 19, To Kill a Mockingbird 383
"Lemorne versus Huell" 389
Excerpt from "English Laws for Women in the Nineteenth Century 403
"Big Man's Rules and Laws" 420
Chapter XL, "The Fugitive Slave Law," and Chapter XLI, "Free at Last," Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl 421
Sect. VI Law, Language, and Narrative Structure
"Men Made Out of Words" 433
Excerpt from Act Two, A Man for All Seasons 435
"Wandering Willie's Tale," Redgauntlet 443
Chapter XI, "Who Stole the Tarts?" and Chapter XII, "Alice's Evidence," Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 454
"Realism and the Novel Form," The Rise of the Novel 463
Sect. VII Law and Comedy
"Poor Richard's Opinion" 469
Trial By Jury 471
Chapter 6, "Expectations," The Associates 483
Chapter 4, The Shortest Way to Hades 488
"The Mythos of Spring: Comedy," Anatomy of Criticism 495
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