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 reflect 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?

Catalog Number: LAWSTUDY 708
Additional Course Information: Perspective Elective


Course History

Fall 2019
Title: Law and Literature
Faculty: Lupo, James A. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 25

Spring 2019
Title: Law and Literature
Faculty: Falkoff, Michelle S. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 20     Actual: 17

Spring 2018
Title: Law and Literature
Faculty: Lupo, James A. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 24