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Literature and Legal Discourse : Equity and Ethics from Sterne to Conrad - Dieter Paul Polloczek

Literature and Legal Discourse

Equity and Ethics from Sterne to Conrad

Hardcover Published: 13th September 1999
ISBN: 9780521652513
Number Of Pages: 278

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The intersection between law and literature is a developing area in literary studies. Recent work has argued that literature provides an imaginary forum in which legal ideals and practices may be tested. In Literature and Legal Discourse: Equity and Ethics from Sterne to Conrad Dieter Polloczek develops this idea by comparing the notion of equity, or ethics, in fiction with its legal equivalent. He shows how the novel, with its increasing social scope and formal sophistication, provided a means of transmitting, questioning and refining society's traditions, values and modes of self-questioning. Polloczek analyses the links between actual legal fictions like substituted judgements, notions of equity, literary tropes and the construction and representation of social bonds through sentiment, philanthropy and marginalisation. Pollozcek's study is both theoretical and historical, covering a period that extends from the eighteenth century to the modernist period, and texts from Sterne, Dickens, Bentham and Conrad.

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Trappings of a transnational gaze: legal and sentimental confinement in Sterne's novels
Reinstitutionalising the common law: Bentham on the security and flexibility of legal rules
Aporias of retribution and questions of responsibility: classifying the legacy of incarceration in Dickens's Bleak House
A curse gone recursive: the case and cause of solidarity in Conrad's The Nigger of the 'Narcissus'
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ISBN: 9780521652513
ISBN-10: 0521652510
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 278
Published: 13th September 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.58