Troubling Confessions: Speaking Guilt in Law and Literature

Troubling Confessions: Speaking Guilt in Law and Literature

by Peter Brooks
     
 

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"A book so rich in fresh ideas that I found myself underlining as madly as an undergraduate."-Richard Lourie, New York Times Book Review

Confession, Peter Brooks writes, is "one of the most complex and obscure forms of human speech and behavior," inextricably entwined with our ideas of punishment and absolution, relied upon as ultimate truth and yet

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"A book so rich in fresh ideas that I found myself underlining as madly as an undergraduate."-Richard Lourie, New York Times Book Review

Confession, Peter Brooks writes, is "one of the most complex and obscure forms of human speech and behavior," inextricably entwined with our ideas of punishment and absolution, relied upon as ultimate truth and yet treated with profound suspicion. In this book, Brooks juxtaposes cases from law, literature, and elsewhere-from the Miranda decision to Camus to the Catholic confessional-to explore the kinds of truth we demand from confessions and the ways in which we use them.

Editorial Reviews

Richard Lourie
A book so rich in fresh ideas that I found myself underlining as madly as an undergraduate . . .Brooks writes of questions [that are] complex and self-referential, but he does so with [clarity] . . .
The New York Times Book Review
Richard A. Posner
Brooks is not a lawyer, but he handles legal materials with aplomb, and he writes with equal authority about the other domains of human activity in which the confession figures largely. His range is impressive...fascinating...
New Republic
Linda Greenhouse
[A]n illuminating book on the role of confession in Western thought. Troubling Confessions…examines confession's deep roots in religious, literary, legal and cultural tradition… The book examines confession in the context of the church, the analyst's couch and the novelist's pen, as well as judicial opinions, which Professor Brooks reads as literary texts and places in the company of Dante, Rousseau, Dostoevsky and James Joyce.
New York Times
Maud Newton
"The most useful work of criticism I own, and the only one I revisit annually."—Maud Newton

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226075860
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Edition description:
1
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,419,548
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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