Cross-examinations of Law and Literature

Cross-examinations of Law and Literature

Cooper, Hawthorne, Stowe, and Melville

Book - 1987
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In Cross Examinations of Law and Literature Brook Thomas uses legal thought and legal practice as a lens through which to read some of the important fictions of antebellum America. The lens reflects both ways, and we learn as much about the literature in the context of contemporary legal concerns as we do about the legal ideologies that the fiction subverts or reveals. Successive chapters deal with Cooper's Pioneers and Hawthorne's The House of Seven Gables (property law and the image of the judiciary), Melville's 'Benito Cereno' and Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin (slavery), Melville's White Jacket, Pierre and 'Bartleby' (worker exploitation or wage slavery), The Confidence-Man (contracts), and finally, 'Billy Budd', which examines a number of issues illustrative of the triumph of legal formalism after the Civil War.
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1987
ISBN: 9780521330817
Branch Call Number: PS374.L34 T56 1987
Characteristics: xii, 300 p. ; 24 cm


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