Impassioned Jurisprudence: Law, Literature, and Emotion, 1760–1848

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Nancy E. Johnson
Rowman & Littlefield, Jun 5, 2015 - Literary Criticism - 188 pages
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In this volume of essays, scholars of the interdisciplinary field of law and literature write about the role of emotion in English law and legal theory in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The law’s claims to reason provided a growing citizenry that was beginning to establish its rights with an assurance of fairness and equity. Yet, an investigation of the rational discourse of the law reveals at its core the processes of emotion, and a study of literature that engages with the law exposes the potency of emotion in the practice and understanding of the law. Examining both legal and literary texts, the authors in this collection consider the emotion that infuses the law and find that feeling, sentiment and passion are integral to juridical thought as well as to specific legislation.

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The Passions of a Rational Jurist
Narrative Sentiment in Adam Smiths Lectures on Jurisprudence
Love and the Law in Boswells Development as a Writer in the Late 1760s
Nuptial Law in Burneys The Wanderer
The Condemned Woman as Historical Relic
George III and the Known Unknown of Torture
Macaulay and the English Constitution
Timeline of Selected Legal PublicationsLegislation and Events 16881848

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Nancy E. Johnson is associate professor of English and Chair of the English Department at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

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