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Law and Literature

Law and Literature

Patrick Hanafin (Editor), Adam Gearey (Editor), Joseph Brooker (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-11930-6

May 2004, Wiley-Blackwell

168 pages

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$40.95

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This book explores the many approaches available to the study of law and literature.
  • An exploration of the many relationships between law and literature.
  • Looks at what law and literature can learn from one another.
  • Makes those involved in literary studies more conscious of the impact that law has had on literary history.
  • Treats subjects as diverse as Socrates and Marx.
  • Contributors are significant scholars from the fields of legal theory and critical theory.
Introduction: On Writing: Law and Literature (Patrick Hanafin, Adam Gearey, and Joseph Brooker).

The Writer’s Refusal and Law’s Malady (Patrick Hanafin).

Estopped by Grand Playsaunce: Flann O’Brien’s Post-colonial Lore (Joseph Brooker).

‘Tell All the Truth, but Tell it Slant’: A Poetics of Truth and Reconciliation (Adam Gearey).

Then and Now: The Natural/Positivist Nexus at War: Auden’s ‘September 1, 1939’ (Melanie L. Williams).

The Jurisprudence of Travel Literature: Despotism, Excess, and the Common Law (Piyel Haldar).

Literature in the Dock: The Trials of Oscar Wilde (Morris B. Kaplan).

A Fragment on Cnutism with Brief Divagations on the Philosophy of the Near Miss (Peter Goodrich).

Dominions: Law, Literature, and the Right to Death (Peter Fitzpatrick).

Beyond Otonomy, or Beyond the Law of Law’s Ear (Julia H. Chryssostalis).

Endnote: Untoward (Peter Goodrich)


  • An exploration of the many relationships between law and literature.
  • Looks at what law and literature can learn from one another.
  • Makes those involved in literary studies more conscious of the impact that law has had on literary history.
  • Treats subjects as diverse as Socrates and Marx.
  • Contributors are significant scholars from the fields of legal theory and critical theory.