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Cross-Examinations of Law and Literature : Cooper, Hawthorne, Stowe, and Melville - Brook Thomas

Cross-Examinations of Law and Literature

Cooper, Hawthorne, Stowe, and Melville

Hardcover Published: 12th December 2014
ISBN: 9780521330817
Number Of Pages: 314

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In Cross Examinations of Law and Literature Brook Thomas uses legal thought and legal practice as a lens through which to read some of the important fictions of antebellum America. The lens reflects both ways, and we learn as much about the literature in the context of contemporary legal concerns as we do about the legal ideologies that the fiction subverts or reveals. Successive chapters deal with Cooper's Pioneers and Hawthorne's The House of Seven Gables (property law and the image of the judiciary), Melville's "Benito Cereno" and Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin (slavery), Melville's White Jacket, Pierre and "Bartleby" (worker exploitation or wage slavery), The Confidence-Man (contracts), and finally, "Billy Budd," which examines a number of issues illustrative of the triumph of legal formalism after the Civil War.

'A welcome addition to a fascinating area of study ...' Choice 'By placing the familiar canonical works of Cooper, Hawthorne, Stowe and Melville in a carefully defined relation with contemporary legal ideology, he has illuminated both the literature and the law and has helped recover a part of our cultural history.' Donald A. Ringe, American Literature

List of abbreviations
An opening statement
Individuals, Judges, Property
Wage and Chattel Slavery
Billy Budd and Re-Righting Legal History: A closing statement
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ISBN: 9780521330817
ISBN-10: 0521330815
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 314
Published: 12th December 2014
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.63