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A Critical Introduction to Law and Literature - Kieran Dolin

A Critical Introduction to Law and Literature

Hardcover Published: 23rd April 2007
ISBN: 9780521807432
Number Of Pages: 272

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Despite their apparent separation, law and literature have been closely linked fields throughout history. Linguistic creativity is central to the law, with literary modes such as narrative and metaphor infiltrating legal texts. Equally, legal norms of good and bad conduct, of identity and human responsibility, are reflected or subverted in literature's engagement with questions of law and justice. Law seeks to regulate creative expression, while literary texts critique and sometimes openly resist the law. Kieran Dolin introduces this interdisciplinary field, focusing on the many ways that law and literature have addressed and engaged with each other. He charts the history of the shifting relations between the two disciplines, from the open affiliation between literature and law in the sixteenth-century Inns of Court to the less visible links of contemporary culture. Originally published in 2007, this book provides an accessible guide to one of the most exciting areas of interdisciplinary scholarship.

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Prefacep. vii
Eminent Domains: The Text of the Law and the Law of the Textp. 17
Law's languagep. 19
Literature under the lawp. 41
Law and Literature in Historyp. 73
Renaissance humanism and the new culture of contractp. 75
Crime and punishment in the eighteenth centuryp. 96
The woman question in Victorian Englandp. 120
The common law and the ache of modernismp. 143
Rumpole in Africa: law and literature in post-colonial societyp. 166
Race and representation in contemporary Americap. 182
Conclusionp. 207
Notesp. 213
Bibliographyp. 235
Indexp. 260
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ISBN: 9780521807432
ISBN-10: 0521807433
Audience: Adult Education
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 23rd April 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.56