Course Details

Law and Literature

Literature is a cultural artifact, a creative practice, and a social bellwether. As lawyers we work with legal precedent that reflects a culture of rights and duties, we engage a creative rhetorical practice, and we make arguments about where we are or should be as a society. Stated this way, possible connections between literary and legal practices are revealed. In this course we will interrogate those connections. There will be three core inquiries around the ideas of law in literature, law as literature, and literature as law. Does our literary past inform our jurisprudential constitution? What can we learn as lawyers from a fictive practice of storytelling and close reading of texts? Can literary texts serve as persuasive authority for us as we make larger arguments about the social/legal/policy world we inhabit as lawyers? Course Sequence Given the anticipated depth of the conversations and the length of the texts we will explore, this seminar will meet in three hour, bi-weekly sessions eight times during the semester beginning the first week of class. Texts The readings either will be posted to the Canvas course site or readily available online or at bookstores. They will not be sold through the campus bookstore. Evaluation There will be three, 7-10 page essays on course topics identified by you in coordination with the professor. They will be due after the third meeting, after the sixth meeting, and at the end of the semester. There will not be a multiple draft opportunity for this seminar.

Catalog Number: LAWSTUDY 708


Course History

Spring 2016
Title: Law and Literature
Faculty: Lupo, James A. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 24