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Poethics and Other Strategies of Law and Literature - Richard H. Weisberg

Poethics and Other Strategies of Law and Literature

Hardcover Published: 1st January 1992
ISBN: 9780231074544
Number Of Pages: 312
For Ages: 22+ years old

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A pioneer of the the new law and literature movement narrates its central vision, which he calls poethics: the revival of jurisprudence through literary sources and techniques. He argues that lawyers, like novelists, must use language that is precise, passionate and real, in order to tell their stories clearly and persuasively. First introduced in the text is the central concept of poethics, then readings of legalistic themes in major literary works by Shakespeare, Dickens, Faulkner, Barth, Twain, Kafka and Morrison, among others, are analyzed. Later chapters move to the stories that lawyers tell, specifically focusing on Vichy France as a case study. Weisberg asks what caused the literary and legal acceptance - and even furtherance - of Nazi policies in wartime France, where both narrative fields found it possible to avoid the central reality of racial persecution.

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsPaving the WayI. Poethics: Toward a Literary Jurisprudence1. Filling the void2. The Poetic Method for Law, or How the Law Means3. Narrative Aspects of Judicial Opinions4. Poetic Substance: The Poethics of Legal NarrativeLegalistic StorytellersII. Let's Not Kill All the Lawyers: Anglo-American Fiction's Equivocal Approach to the Lawyer FIgure5. The Literary Lawyer's Six Compelling Traits6. "I'll have no feelings here!": More on Mr. Jaggers7. Law's Oppression of the Feminine Other: Mr. Tulkinghorn v. Lady Dedlock8. John Barth's Todd Andrews: Inductive Reasoning, Relative Values9. Gavin Stevens' Quest for Silence: Faulkner's Developing Lawyer FigureIII. Christianity's Ends10. "Then you shall be his surety": Oaths and Mediating Breaches in The Merchant of Venice11. Accepting the Inside Narrator's Challenge: More on the Christ Figure in Billy Budd, SailorIV. The Self-Imploding Canon12. Law, Literature and the "Great Books"Legal Rhetoric, or the Stories Lawyers TellV. Lawtalk in France: The Challenge to Democracy13. Avoiding Central Realities: Narrative Terror and the Failure of French Culture Under the Occupation14. Legal Rhetoric Under Stress: The Example of VichyVI. Lawtalk in America15. Thoughts on Judge Richard Posner's Literary Performance16. From Jefferson to the Gulf War: How Lawyers Have Lost Their Golden Tongue17. Notes on Three Works by James Boyd WhiteNotes (1974) on The Legal ImaginationNotes (1987) on Heracles' BowNotes (1991) on Justice as TranslationConclusionNotesIndex

ISBN: 9780231074544
ISBN-10: 0231074549
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 1st January 1992
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 16.0 x 23.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.63

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