Law and Literature / Edition 3

Law and Literature / Edition 3

by Richard A. Posner
     
 

Hailed in its first edition as an “outstanding work, as stimulating as it is intellectually distinguished” (New York Times), Law and Literature has handily lived up to the Washington Post’s prediction that the book would “remain essential reading for many years to come.” This third edition, extensively revised and enlarged, is

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Hailed in its first edition as an “outstanding work, as stimulating as it is intellectually distinguished” (New York Times), Law and Literature has handily lived up to the Washington Post’s prediction that the book would “remain essential reading for many years to come.” This third edition, extensively revised and enlarged, is the only comprehensive book-length treatment of the field. It continues to emphasize the essential differences between law and literature, which are rooted in the different social functions of legal and literary texts. But it also explores areas of mutual illumination and expands its range to include new topics such as the cruel and unusual punishments clause of the Constitution, illegal immigration, surveillance, global warming and bioterrorism, and plagiarism.

In this edition, literary works from classics by Homer, Shakespeare, Milton, Dostoevsky, Melville, Kafka, and Camus to contemporary fiction by Tom Wolfe, Margaret Atwood, John Grisham, and Joyce Carol Oates come under Richard Posner’s scrutiny, as does the film The Matrix.

The book remains the most clear, acute account of the intersection of law and literature.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674032460
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2009
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
592
Sales rank:
1,329,174
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

  • Contents

  • Preface
  • Critical Introduction

  • Part I. Literary Texts as Legal Texts
  1. Reflections of Law in Literature

    Theoretical Considerations

    The American Legal Novel

    The Law in Popular Culture

    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



    Part II. Legal Texts as Literary Texts
  1. Interpreting Contracts, Statutes, and Constitutions

    Interpretation Theorized

    What Can Law Learn from Literary Criticism?

    Chain Novels and Black Ink

    Interpretation as Translation

  2. Judicial Opinions as Literature

    Meaning, Style, and Rhetoric

    Aesthetic Integrity and the “Pure” versus the “Impure” Style

    Two Cultures



    Part III. How Else Might Literature Help Law?
  1. Literature as a Source of Background Knowledge for Law

    Arch of Triumph

    From Huxley to The Matrix

  2. Improving Trial and Appellate Advocacy

    Sherlock Holmes to the Rescue?

    Legal Narratology

    Fictional Depictions of Lawyers

    The Funeral Orations in Julius Caesar

  3. But Can Literature Humanize Law?

    Aesthetic versus Moralistic Literary Criticism

    Then Why Read Literature?



    Part IV. The Regulation of Literature
  1. Protecting Nonwriters

    Pornographic Fiction

    Defamation by Fiction

  2. Protecting (Other) Writers

    What Is an “Author”?

    Copyright, Plagiarism, and Creativity

    Parody


  • Conclusion. Law and Literature: A Manifesto
  • Index

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