Law's Stories: Narrative and Rhetoric in the Law

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Peter Brooks, Paul Gewirtz
Yale University Press, Mar 1, 1998 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 302 pages
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In this notable volume, well-known authorities from the worlds of law and literature take a probing look at how and why stories are told in the law. Such experts as Alan Dershowitz, Martha Minow, Janet Malcolm, Catharine MacKinnon, and John Hollander discuss how narratives presented at trials and in Supreme Court opinions are told and listened to, and how they affect legal thinking and judgment."Those who are unfamiliar or untutored in narrative and rhetoric will find the contributions accessible and provocative. Those who are more experienced will enjoy sorting out the disagreements among the contributors and acquire a clearer sense of what is at stake here". -- Ira L. Strauber, The Law and Politics Book Review"Law's Stories offers an unusually rich perspective on the developing scholarship of narrative and rhetoric in the law ... The book succeeds in bringing to the forefront of 'law as literature' studies a very crucial aspect of investigation and will undoubtedly become one of the touchstones of law and literature scholarship". -- Wendy Chon, New York Law Journal"Indispensable to anyone interested in legal reasoning". -- Choice"Well edited and highly readable". -- Judge Richard A. Posner, University of Chicago Law Review"Each contribution is impressively individualistic, and the grateful reader can hardly avoid being drawn into strong-minded, largely unresolvable, controversy". -- Thomas Morawetz, Connecticut Law Review
  

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Contents

Peter Brooks The Law as Narrative and Rhetoric
14
Daniel A Farber and Suzanna Sherry Legal Storytelling
37
Anthony Kronman Leontius Tale
54
Robert A Ferguson Untold Stories in the Law
84
Dershowitz Life Is Not a Dramatic Narrative
99
Peter Brooks Storytelling Without Fear? Confession in
114
Two Narrative Problems
135
Louis Michael Seidman Some Stories About Confessions
162
John Hollander Legal Rhetoric
176
COMMENTS
202
Reflections on the Authority
225
Notes
239
Contributors
279
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About the author (1998)

Peter Brooks is Chester T. Tripp Professor of Humanities at Yale University. The author of numerous articles on French and English literature as well as on narrative theory and psychoanalysis, his works include "The Novel of Worldlines" (1969), "The Melodramatic Imagination" (1976), and the widely-praised "Reading for the Plot" (1984), recently reissued. His latest book "Body Work" (1993) deals with the female body in literature, painting, and film as the object of desire.

Gewirtz is Potter Stewart Professor of Constitutional Law at Yale Law School.

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