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Every discipline has its canon: the set of standard texts, approaches, examples, and stories by which it is recognized and which its members repeatedly invoke and employ. Although the last twenty-five years have seen the influence of interdisciplinary approaches to legal studies expand, there has been little recent consideration of what is and what ought to be canonical in the study of law today.

Legal Canons brings together fifteen essays which seek to map out the legal canon ...

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Overview

Every discipline has its canon: the set of standard texts, approaches, examples, and stories by which it is recognized and which its members repeatedly invoke and employ. Although the last twenty-five years have seen the influence of interdisciplinary approaches to legal studies expand, there has been little recent consideration of what is and what ought to be canonical in the study of law today.

Legal Canons brings together fifteen essays which seek to map out the legal canon and the way in which law is taught today. In order to understand how the twin ideas of canons and canonicity operate in law, each essay focuses on a particular aspect, from contracts and constitutional law to questions of race and gender. The ascendance of law and economics, feminism, critical race theory, and gay legal studies, as well as the increasing influence of both rational-actor methodology and postmodernism, are all scrutinized by the leading scholars in the field.

A timely and comprehensive volume, Legal Canons articulates the need for, and means to, opening the debate on canonicity in legal studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814739464
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2000
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 444
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


Jack M. Balkin is Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School, and the founder and director of Yale’s Information Society Project. He is the author of numerous books and the editor of What Brown v. Board of Education Should Have Said (NYU Press, 2002). He lives in New Haven, CT.


Sanford Levinson is W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood Jr. Regents Chair in Law and Professor of Government at the University of Texas, Austin. He is the author, most recently, of Written in Stone: Public Monuments in Changing Society.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Legal Canons: An Introduction 3
Empire or Residue: Competing Visions of the Contractual Canon 47
Canons of Property Talk, or, Blackstone's Anxiety 66
Vanished from the First Year: Lost Torts and Deep Structures in Tort Law 104
Criminal Law 130
Teaching American Civil Procedure since 1779 155
Of Coase and the Canon: Reflections on Law and Economics 184
Race Relations Law in the Canon of Legal Academia 211
Recognizing Race in the American Legal Canon 238
Feminist Canon 266
Homosexuals, Torts, and Dangerous Things 303
The Constitutional Canon 331
The Canon in Constitutional Law 374
Constitutional Canons and Constitutional Thought 400
Contributors 435
Permissions 437
Index 439
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