A Critical Introduction to Law and Literature
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.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
active aesthetics America ancient argued arts and sciences ashes Atwood better Caroline categories challenging changed chapter charged Civil cognition common Conclusion conferences contemporary Court creates creative culture defend detention dialogue disciplines discourses dominant drawn draws Edward Wynne emergence enables engage English event field fifty form fought freedom governed groups Hall human ideologies illuminate illustrates images imaginative influence institutions intense interdisciplinary Irish issue jurist justice language latter law and litera law and literature law’s Laws of Love legal light linguistic literary literature and law Michael Mieke modern society mutual assistance mutual intercourse naming narratives Norton’s Ontario operates particularly performed perspectives poetic poetry of allegiance political possess presented a history process protecting Queen quest raked recognition relationship Renaissance representation resources Right role Salmond school seeking seen shown social sparks spectacle speech story strategies students study of law subject symbolic power theories tort trade ture understanding virtue’s cause vital words world writers Wynne’s