Law and Literature Reconsidered: Special Issue

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Austin Sarat
Emerald Group Publishing, Feb 29, 2008 - Social Science - 184 pages
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The purpose of this special issue of "Studies in Law, Politics, and Society" is to examine the situation of law and literature. Once hailed as a promising new way to think about law and as opening a vital conversation about literature the question today is whether the law and literature enterprise has lived up to its initial promise. Has it succeeded in establishing a new interdiscipinarity or lost energy as law and literature courses become part of the mainstream both in legal and literary studies? Has the study of law and literature given way or been incorporated into boarder interdisciplinary configurations? What, if any, new paradigms of literary study of legal phenomena are on the horizon?This is a contemporary study of law and literature. It includes contributions by an international group of leading scholars.
 

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Contents

Law literature love and the limits of sovereignty
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Chapter 2 What is it like to be like that? The progress of law and literatures other project
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Chapter 3 The law the norm and the novel
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Chapter 4 Aesthetic judgment and legal justification
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The limit of law and literature Towards a Gothic jurisprudence
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Law and literature is more important than ever
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Chapter 7 African American literature and the law
153
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Austin Sarat is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence & Political Science, Amherst College. Thomas R. Kearns is William H. Hastie Professor of Philosophy & Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, & Social Thought, Amherst College.

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