Reimagining <em>To Kill a Mockingbird</em>: Family, Community, and the Possibility of Equal Justice under Law

Reimagining To Kill a Mockingbird: Family, Community, and the Possibility of Equal Justice under Law

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1625340168
ISBN-13:
9781625340160
Pub. Date:
06/30/2013
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press

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Reimagining To Kill a Mockingbird: Family, Community, and the Possibility of Equal Justice under Law

Fifty years after the release of the film version of Harper Lee's acclaimed novel To Kill a Mockingbird, this collection of original essays takes a fresh look at a classic text in legal scholarship. The contributors revisit and examine Atticus, Scout, and Jem Finch, their community, and the events that occur there through the interdisciplinary lens of law and humanities scholarship.

The readings in this volume peel back the film's visual representation of the many-layered social world of Maycomb, Alabama, offering sometimes counterintuitive insights through the prism of a number of provocative contemporary theoretical and interpretive questions. What, they ask, is the relationship between the subversion of social norms and the doing of justice or injustice? Through what narrative and visual devices are some social hierarchies destabilized while others remain hegemonic? How should we understand the sacrifices characters make in the name of justice, and comprehend their failures in achieving it?

Asking such questions casts light on the film's eccentricities and internal contradictions and suggests the possibility of new interpretations of a culturally iconic text. The book examines the context that gave meaning to the film's representation of race and how debates about family, community, and race are played out and reframed in law.

Contributors include Colin Dayan, Thomas L. Dumm, Susan Sage Heinzelman, Linda Ross Meyer, Naomi Mezey, Imani Perry, and Ravit Reichman.

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ISBN-13: 9781625340160
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date: 06/30/2013
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Reimagining To Kill a Mockingbird: An Introduction Martha Merrill Umphrey Austin Sarat 1

Chapter 1 Temporal Horizons: On the Possibilities of Law and Fatherhood in To Kill a Mockingbird Austin Sarat Martha Merrill Umphrey 16

Chapter 2 I Would Kill for You: Love, Law, and Sacrifice in To Kill a Mockingbird Linda Ross Meyer 37

Chapter 3 Motherless Children Have a Hard Time: Man as Mother in To Kill a Mockingbird Thomas L. Dumm 65

Chapter 4 If That Mockingbird Don't Sing: Scaffolding, Signifying, and Queering a Classic Imani Perry 81

Chapter 5 A Ritual of Redemption: Reimagining Community in To Kill a Mockingbird Naomi Mezey 104

Chapter 6 "We Don't Have Mockingbirds in Britain, Do We?" Susan Sage Heinzelman 128

Chapter 7 Dead Animals Ravit Reichman 151

Chapter 8 Humans, Animals, and Boundary Objects in Maycomb Colin Dayan 172

Contributors 188

Index 191

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