Law and Literature Text and Theory

ISBN-10: 0815320469
ISBN-13: 9780815320463
Edition: 1996 (Reprint)
Authors: Lenora Ledwon
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List price: $58.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Garland Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/1/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 518
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

The first anthology of its kind in this dynamic new field of study, this volume offers students the best of both worlds-theory and literature. Organized around specific themes to facilitate use of the text in a variety of courses, the material is highly accessible to undergraduates and is suitable as well for graduate students and law students. The anthology includes important articles by key figures in the law and literature debate, and presents seven thematically arranged sections that: Survey the various theoretical perspectives that inform the relationship of law and literature Examine the interplay of ethics, law, and justice * Highlight the great scope and variety of the law's contributions to the creation of a world view * Illustrate various legal approaches to punishment * Detail and analyze the law's inherent capacity for the oppression of individuals and groups * Demonstrate that law is grounded in language and storytelling * Show that despite its solemnity, the law has a comicside Each section includes excerpts from poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction. The excerpts include writings addressing the law's impact on the "outsider" (women, Native Americans, Hispanics, African Americans, and homosexuals), as well as writings by lawyers, judges, and law professors, giving the reader an "insider's" view of the legal system. The selections range from Plato to John Barth and Wallace Stevens. At this time of increased interest in the quality of legal writing, this course material illustrates the importance of language, word choice, metaphor, and narrative. It demonstrates the practical application of literary effects, techniques, and devices, and provides valuable insights into law as a vital component of the social fabric. SPECIAL FEATURES All law schools that do not already have one in place are required to institute a course in Law and Literature. This new anthology is the first of its kind, and has been specifically designed to meet the requirements of a Lawand Literature course * Selections from judges, lawyers, and professors of law give students an insider's view of the legal system * Chronological coverage-from Plato to such 20th-century writers as John Barth and Wallace Stevens-offers students a broad range of selections that examine the relationship between law, justice, ethics, and literature * Multicultural writings address the law's capacity for the oppression of individuals and groups, including women, Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanics, and homosexuals * Law and punishment-several selections examine this area from various points of view Suitable for courses in Law and literature courses in law schools and undergraduate divisions as well as interdisciplinary courses in English literature.

Preface
Acknowledgments
The Judicial Opinion and the Poem: Ways of Reading, Ways of Life
How Law Is Like Literature
Working on the Chain Gang: Interpretation in Law and Literature
Law and Literature: A Relation Reargued
Convergences: Law, Literature, and Feminism
Economic Man and Literary Woman: One Contrast
"To Edwin V. McKenzie: On His Defense of David Lamson"; "To a Woman on Her Defense of Her Brother Unjustly Convicted of Murder: Written after an Initial Study of the Evidence"; "To David Lamson: Awaiting Retrial, in the Jail at San Jose"
"The Defence of Guenevere"
Trifles
Chapter 6, Anatomy of a Murder
Chapter 1, Diary of a Yuppie
"The Law," The Floating Opera
"On the Duty of Civil Disobedience"
"Apology"
"Law Like Love"
"Hamilton Greene," Spoon River Anthology
Act I, Scene VI, Saint Joan
Chapter I, "In Chancery," Bleak House
"Before the Law," The Trial
"Bartleby the Scrivener"
"Address to the Prisoners in the Cook County Jail"
"On Teaching the Legality of Televising Capital Punishments"
"Porphyria's Lover"
Act 4, Scene 1, The Merchant of Venice
Part II, Chapters 3 and 4; A Clockwork Orange
Chapter 43, "The Verdict," Adam Bede
"Panopticism, Discipline and Punish"
"Hard Rock Returns to Prison from the Hospital for the Criminal Insane"
Act I, Scenes 9-11; Zoot Suit
Act I, Scenes 5 and 6; Bent
"Jim's Capture," Huckleberry Finn
Chapter 19, To Kill a Mockingbird
"Lemorne versus Huell"
Excerpt from "English Laws for Women in the Nineteenth Century"
"Big Man's Rules and Laws"
Chapter XL, "The Fugitive Slave Law," and Chapter XLI, "Free at Last," Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
"Men Made Out of Words"
Excerpt from Act Two, A Man for All Seasons
"Wandering Willie's Tale," Redgauntlet
Chapter XI, "Who Stole the Tarts?" and Chapter XII, "Alice's Evidence," Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
"Realism and the Novel Form," The Rise of the Novel
"Poor Richard's Opinion"
Trial By Jury
Chapter 6, "Expectations," The Associates
Chapter 4, The Shortest Way to Hades
"The Mythos of Spring: Comedy," Anatomy of Criticism

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