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Monday, October 16, 2006

Research Canons: Law and Literature

Also today we are discussing Law and Literature.  (See here for a discussion of the research canons project.)  Please comment on the books and articles that are essential to a new academic doing work in the field.  Fiction and non-fiction suggestions welcome.

UPDATE: Patrick O'Donnell has contributed his bibliography here.

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In addition to my syllabus, which I thank Patrick for recommending, you might also find useful material at my website for the Law & Humanities Institute: http://www.lawandhumanities.net.

There are several subpages:

1. General Resources (websites, syllabi, etc.)
2. List of Literary Works About the Law
3. Chronological Bibliography of Works About Law & Literature (1982-present)
4. Bibliography of Law & Literature Scholarship About Particular Writers

Posted by: Daniel J. Solove | Oct 17, 2006 12:49:57 AM

I would recommend everyone look at Daniel Solove's Law & Literature syllabus, available here: http://docs.law.gwu.edu/facweb/dsolove/Law-Literature-Syllabus.htm (available as PDF doc.)

Some wonderful stuff, and thoughtfully put together: a class I'd love to crash were the conditions propitious....

Posted by: Patrick S. O'Donnell | Oct 17, 2006 12:35:28 AM

Kenji Yoshino's The City and the Poet

Posted by: M | Oct 16, 2006 11:08:41 PM

I had the pleasure of meeting Bob Weisberg thirty years ago on the first day of law school in our contracts small section, and whether or not his work is canonical (and I think it is), he is an icon.

The Weisberg/Binder book is "Literary Criticisms of Law" and is about the application of literary hermeneutic techniques to the law.

Posted by: Jeff Lipshaw | Oct 16, 2006 5:50:00 PM

Bob Weisberg and Guyora Binder have a book on law and literature, as does Richard Posner. As to their canonical status, I cannot say. I did enjoy reading the Posner one years ago--it has the virtue of clarity. If I'm not mistaken, Posner was actually an English major at Yale when he was an undergrad.

Posted by: Dan Markel | Oct 16, 2006 11:29:05 AM

James Boyd White, The Legal Imagination and Heracles's Bow

Peter Brooks, Troubling Confessions.

Posted by: Frank Pasquale | Oct 16, 2006 11:23:04 AM

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