- Critical Introduction
Part I. Literary Texts as Legal Texts
- Reflections of Law in Literature
The American Legal Novel
The Law in Popular Culture
Camus and Stendhal
- Law’s Beginnings: Revenge as Legal Prototype and Literary Genre
The Logic of Revenge
The Iliad and Hamlet
- Antinomies of Legal Theory
Jurisprudential Drama from Sophocles to Shelley
Has Law Gender?
- The Limits of Literary Jurisprudence
- Literary Indictments of Legal Injustice
Law and Ressentiment
Romantic Values in Literature and Law
Billy Budd, The Brothers Karamazov, and Law’s Limits
- Two Legal Perspectives on Kafka
On Reading Kafka Politically
In Defense of Classical Liberalism
The Grand Inquisitor and Other Social Theorists
- 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
- Interpreting Contracts, Statutes, and Constitutions
What Can Law Learn from Literary Criticism?
Chain Novels and Black Ink
Interpretation as Translation
- Judicial Opinions as Literature
Meaning, Style, and Rhetoric
Aesthetic Integrity and the “Pure” versus the “Impure” Style
Part III. How Else Might Literature Help Law?
- Literature as a Source of Background Knowledge for Law
Arch of Triumph
From Huxley to The Matrix
- Improving Trial and Appellate Advocacy
Sherlock Holmes to the Rescue?
Fictional Depictions of Lawyers
The Funeral Orations in Julius Caesar
- But Can Literature Humanize Law?
Aesthetic versus Moralistic Literary Criticism
Then Why Read Literature?
Part IV. The Regulation of Literature
- Protecting Nonwriters
Defamation by Fiction
- Protecting (Other) Writers
What Is an “Author”?
Copyright, Plagiarism, and Creativity
- Conclusion. Law and Literature: A Manifesto