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Law and Literature Perspectives

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Seventeen contributions define the subject through classic and contemporary voices, showing what its emergence as a field may contribute to our common understanding of law, justice, and human nature in the 21st century. The focus is on literary works such as "The Satanic Verses", Alice Childress' "Wedding Band", "Measure for Measure", Plato's "Republic", "Billy Budd", "Gulliver's Travel's", and "The Scarlet Letter". Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820430119
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Series: Critic of Institutions Ser.
  • Pages: 450

Table of Contents

Introduction: On Doing Law and Literature 1
The "Blight of Legalized Limitation" in Alice Childress's Wedding Band 39
"Dressed in a Little Brief Authority": Law as the Theater in Measure for Measure 53
Aesthetics and Justice in Plato's Republic 81
Law and Order in Art and Law 109
The Letter of the Law: Reading Hawthorne and the Law of Adultery 133
Justice in Billy Budd 169
The Measure of Law and Equity: Tolerance in Shakespeare's Vienna 193
Law, Literature and Islam: The Misbegotten Cultural, Historical, and Semiotic Parameters 209
Swift Justice: Gulliver's Travels as a Critique of Legal Institutions 255
Law as Society: Nadine Gordimer's The Late Bourgeois World 269
Abortion Stories: Uncivil Discourse and "Cider House Rules" 289
Proverbs, Postmodernity, and Unacknowledged Legislation 341
Law's Hidden Face: Reading Narrative Jurisprudence and its Critics 353
The Scarlet Contract: Puritan Resurgence, the Unwed Mother, and Her Child 381
Hope and History: One Approach to James Boyd White's Communitarian Practice 407
Cicero Tells a Story on Narration and Rhetorical Reflection 427
Index 445
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