The Legal Imagination

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University of Chicago Press, Dec 15, 1985 - Law - 302 pages
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White extends his theory of law as constitutive rhetoric, asking how one may criticize the legal culture and the texts within it.

"A fascinating study of the language of the law. . . . This book is to be highly recommended: certainly, for those who find the time to read it, it will broaden the mind, and give lawyers a new insight into their role."—New Law Journal
  

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Contents

THE LAWYER AS WRITER
1
Moon 17 Twain Huckleberry Finn 19 Labov The Logic
25
Establishing the Right Relation
39
THE LIMITS AND RESOURCES
71
Company Shareholders Report 83 Manual Outlines Perfect
88
HOW THE LAW TALKS ABOUT
109
147 Theophrastus The Characters 150 Fiction and Reality
147
speare Antony and Cleopatra
164
The Fact of Difference
181
THE IMAGINATION OF THE LAWYER
207
B The Narrative Imagination and the Claim of Meaning
242
Placing the Private Self
296
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James Boyd White is the Hart Wright Professor of Law, professor of English and adjunct professor of classical studies at the University of Michigan. His many books include "The Legal Imagination," "When Words Lose Their Meaning," and "Acts of Hope," all published by the University of Chicago Press.

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