Law & Literature and the Moderns: Explorations
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Law and Literature courses are intended, at least in part, to supply the sound moral understanding as well as the elementary intellectual skills that law students need before they can learn to read in the way that is needed for a profession which very much depends upon disciplined reading and writing. Unfortunately, many if not most of the texts drawn upon in the Law and Literature courses are, or are treated as if they were, of the third or fourth rank. These are texts which are mined in such courses for "cases" and legal issues rather than approached as texts best read on their own terms. I assume, in the discussions which follow in this Collection, that the reader knows the modem stories drawn upon, or that enough is said by me to permit my arguments to be followed, pending the reader's going to the relevant texts for further study. Each of the texts discussed in this Collection is approached directly, or on its own terms, rather than being regarded as part of an overall scheme. My discussions can be read, just as they were prepared, in an order other than that relied upon in this Collection. They happen to be arranged here in the chronological order of the dates of the twenty-one authors studied.