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Contents Preface Critical Introduction Part I. Literary Texts as Legal Texts 1. Reflections of Law in Literature Theoretical Considerations The American Legal Novel The Law in Popular Culture Camus and Stendhal Farcical Trials 2. Law's Beginnings: Revenge as Legal Prototype and Literary Genre The Logic of Revenge Revenge Literature The Iliad and Hamlet 3. Antinomies of Legal Theory Jurisprudential Drama from Sophocles to Shelley Has Law Gender? 4. The Limits of Literary Jurisprudence Kafka Dickens Wallace Stevens 5. Literary Indictments of Legal Injustice Law and Ressentiment Romantic Values in Literature and Law Billy Budd, The Brothers Karamazov, and Law's Limits 6. Two Legal Perspectives on Kafka On Reading Kafka Politically In Defense of Classical Liberalism The Grand Inquisitor and Other Social Theorists 7. Penal Theory in Paradise Lost The Punishment of Satan and His Followers The Punishment of Man The Punishment of the Animals Part II. Legal Texts as Literary Texts 8. Interpreting Contracts, Statutes, and Constitutions Interpretation Theorized What Can Law Learn from Literary Criticism? Chain Novels and Black Ink Interpretation as Translation 9. Judicial Opinions as Literature Meaning, Style, and Rhetoric Aesthetic Integrity and the "Pure" versus the "Impure" Style Two Cultures Part III. How Else Might Literature Help Law? 10. Literature as a Source of Background Knowledge for Law Arch of Triumph From Huxley to The Matrix 11. Improving Trial and Appellate Advocacy Sherlock Holmes to the Rescue? Legal Narratology Fictional Depictions of Lawyers The Funeral Orations in Julius Caesar 12. But Can Literature Humanize Law? Aesthetic versus Moralistic Literary Criticism Then Why Read Literature? Part IV. The Regulation of Literature 13. Protecting Nonwriters Pornographic Fiction Defamation by Fiction 14. Protecting (Other) Writers What Is an "Author"? Copyright, Plagiarism, and Creativity Parody Conclusion. Law and Literature: A Manifesto Index [to come]
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Law in literature.
Law and literature.
Legal stories -- History and criticism.