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Law And American Literature A Collection Of Essays

Series Editor:
Caroline Joan “Kay” S. Picart, M.Phil. (Cantab), Ph.D., J.D., Esquire
Attorney at Law
Adjunct Professor, Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Law
Former professor of English and Humanities, Florida State University (FSU)

The series benefits from the advice of an international board of leading scholars.

Advisory Board:

Thomas Beisecker, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Communication Studies,
University of Kansas
President, Advocacy Research Institute, LLC
Former President, American Society of Trial Consultants

Susan Boyd, Ph.D.
Faculty of Human and Social Development
University of Victoria
Victoria, Canada

John Edgar Browning, Ph.D.
Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow
Georgia Institute of Technology
School of Literature, Media, and Communication

Jonathan Frauley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, University of Ottawa
Department of Criminology
Ottawa, Canada

Steve Greenfield, Ph.D.
Reader in Law
Deputy Head
School of Law
University of Westminster
London, England, U.K.

Berta Esperanza Hernandez-Truyol, J.D., LL.M.
Levin, Mabie & Levin Professor of Law
University of Florida Levin College of Law

Michael Hviid Jacobsen, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology,
Director of Studies at the Master’s Program in Humanistic Palliative Care
Research Coordinator for SAGA
Department of Sociology and Social Work
Aalborg University, Denmark

Orit Kamir, Ph.D.
Robert Schuman/Global Governance Programme
Academic head of the Israeli Center for Human Dignity
Jerusalem, Israel

Tayyab Mahmud, Ph.D., J.D.
Professor of Law
Director, Center for Global Justice
Seattle University School of Law

Andrew Majeske, Ph.D.
Department of English
John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY)

James R. Martel, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Political Science,
San Francisco State University

Carrie Menkel-Meadow, J.D.
Chancellor’s Professor of Law
(and Political Science)
University of California Irvine School of Law

Peter Robson, Ph.D.
University of Strathclyde,
School of Law,
Glasgow, Scotland, U.K.

Matthew Sorrento, Ph.D.
Rutgers University-Camden,
Film and Journalism, Lecturer

Danaya C. Wright, J.D., Ph.D.
Research Foundation and Clarence
J. TeSelle Professor of Law
University of Florida Levin College of Law

Submissions Guidelines:

Fairleigh Dickinson University Press invites the submission of proposals for books, monographs, or essay collections in the interdisciplinary fields of humanistically-oriented legal scholarship. Possible topics range from scholarship on legal history; legal theory and jurisprudence; law and critical/cultural studies, law and anthropology, law and literature, law and film, law and society, law and the performing arts, law and communication, law and philosophy, and legal hermeneutics.

Proposals Must Include:

  • A description of the issue/s you intend to explore and the method/s you will use
  • A comparison and contrast with existing books on similar or related topics
  • A table of contents and a precis of what each chapter aims to cover
  • A description of the book’s target market/s
  • The author’s/authors’ or editor’s/editors’ curriculum vitae
  • If it is a collection of essays, a compiled and alphabetized list of short biographies of prospective contributors, and a list of three experts in the field capable of assessing the value of the project

The series also welcomes submissions of completed monographs and essay collections; kindly make an inquiry prior to sending over the completed book or collection of essays, together with the author’s curriculum vitae and three suggested experts, if you are the author/authors. If you are an editor/editors of a completed collection of essays, please include a compiled and alphabetized list of short biographies of prospective contributors, together with your curriculum vitae and list of possible experts. Essay collections must be of previously unpublished material. Conference sessions, properly edited and often expanded by calls for papers, into essay collections, are also welcome.

Referees may or may not be from the submitted list of suggested experts. The series benefits from the advice of an international board of leading scholars.

Proposals May be Sent to:
Caroline Joan “Kay” S. Picart, Ph.D., J.D., Esquire
Attorney at Law
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H. Lowell Brown, The American Constitutional Tradition: Colonial Charters, Covenants, and Revolutionary State Constitutions, 1578-1780 (2017)

Arua Oko Omaka, The Biafran Humanitarian Crisis, 1967-1970: International Human Rights and Joint Church Aid (2016)

Marouf A. Hasian Jr, Representing Ebola: Culture, Law, and Public Discourse About The 2013 – 2015 West African Ebola Outbreak (2016)

Caroline Joan “Kay” S. Picart, Michael Hviid Jacobson, and Cecil Greek, editors, Framing Law and Crime: An Interdisciplinary Anthology (2016)

Caroline Joan “Kay” S. Picart, Law In and As Culture: Intellectual Property, Minority Rights, and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2016)

Patrick S. O’Donnell compiled this bibliography in 2010.  He teaches philosophy at Santa Barbara City College in California.  This bibliography first appeared over at The Literary Table. 

Amsterdam, Anthony G. and Jerome Bruner. Minding the Law. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2000.

Atkinson, Logan and Diana Majury, eds. Law, Mystery, and the Humanities: Collected Essays. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008.

Ball, Milner S. The Word and the Law. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1993.

Bergman, Paul and Michael Asimow. Reel Justice: The Courtroom Goes to the Movies.  Kansas  City, MO: Andrew McMeels Publ., revised ed., 2006.

Best, Stephen M. The Fugitive’s Properties: Law and the Poetics of Possession. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2004.

Binder, Guyora and Robert Weisburg. Literary Criticisms of Law. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2000.

Biressi, Anita. Crime, Fear and the Law in True Crime Stories. New York: Palgrave, 2001.

Black, David A. Law in Film: Resonance and Representation. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1999.

Brooks, Peter. Troubling Confessions: Speaking Guilt in Law and Literature. Chicago, IL: University of  Chicago Press, 2001.

Brooks, Peter and Paul Gewirtz, eds. Law’s Stories: Narrative and Rhetoric in the Law. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1998 ed.

Bruner, Jerome. Making Stories: Law, Literature, Life. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002.

Burgwinkle, William. Sodomy, Masculinity, and Law in Medieval Literature: France and England, 1050-1230. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Burnside, Jonathan. God, Justice, and Society: Aspects of Law and Legality in the Bible. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Camus, Albert (Justin O’Brien, tr.). The Fall. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1956.

Chaplin, Susan. The Gothic and the Rule of Law, 1764-1820. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

Clemens, Justin, Nicholas Heron, and Alex Murray, eds. The Work of Giorgio Agambem: Law, Literature, Life. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2008.

Coetzee, J.M. Waiting for the Barbarians. New York: Penguin Books, 1982 (1980).

Cormack, Bradin. A Power to Do Justice: Jurisdiction, English Literature, and the Rise of  Common Law, 1509-1625. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2007.

Crane, Gregg D. Race, Citizenship, and Law in American Literature. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Crotty, Kevin M. Law’s Interior: Legal and Literary Constructions of the Self. Ithaca, NY:  Cornell University Press, 2001.

Curley, Thomas M. Sir Robert Chambers: Law, Literature and Empire in the Age of Johnson.  Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1998.           

Davis, William A. Thomas Hardy and the Law: Legal Presences in Hardy’s Life and Fiction.  Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press, 2003.

DeLombard, Jeannine Marie. Slavery on Trial: Law, Abolitionism, and Print Culture. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina, 2007.

Denvir, John. Legal Reelism: Movies as Legal Texts. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1996.

Dickens, Charles. Bleak House. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996 (1852-1853).

Dolin, Kieran. Fiction and the Law: Legal Discourse in Victorian and Modernist Literature. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

Dolin, Kieran. A Critical Introduction to Law and Literature. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge  University Press, 2007.

Ferguson, Robert A. Law and Letters in American Culture. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1984.

Finn, Margo, Michael Lobban, and Jenny Bourne Taylor, eds. Legitimacy and Illegitimacy in Nineteenth-Century Law, Literature, and History. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

Fish, Stanley. Doing What Comes Naturally: Change, Rhetoric and the Practice of Theory in Literary and Legal Studies. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1989.

Frank, Cathrine O. Law, Literature, and the Transmission of Culture in England, 1837-1925.  Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2010.

Gemmette, Elizabeth Villiers, ed. Law in Literature: Legal Themes in Drama. Troy, NY: Whitston Publ., 1995.

Gemmette, Elizabeth Villiers, ed. Law in Literature: Legal Themes in Short Stories. Troy, NY: Whitston Publ., 1995.

Gemmette, Elizabeth Villiers, ed. Law in Literature: Legal Themes in Novellas. Troy, NY: Whitston Publ., 1996.

Gladfelder, Hal. Criminality and Narrative in Eighteenth-Century England: Beyond the Law. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001.

Glover, Susan. Engendering Legitimacy: Law, Property, and Early Eighteenth-Century Fiction. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2006.

González Echevarría, Roberto. Love and the Law in Cervantes. New Haven, CT: Yale  University Press, 2005.

Goodman, Nan. Shifting the Blame: Literature, Law, and the Theory of Accidents in Nineteenth Century America. New York: Routledge, 1999.

Goodrich, Peter. Law in the Courts of Love: Literature and Other Minor Jurisprudences. New York: Routledge, 1996.

Green, Richard Firth. Crisis of Truth: Literature and Law in Ricardian England. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002.

Grey, Thomas. The Wallace Stevens Case: Law and the Practice of Poetry. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1991.

Grossman, Jonathan H. The Art of Alibi: English Law Courts and the Novel. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002.

Gurnham, David. Memory, Imagination, Justice; Intersections of Law and Literature. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2009.

Halberstam, Chaya T. Law and Truth in Biblical and Rabbinic Literature. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2010.

Hanafin, Patrick, Adam Gearey and Joseph Brooker, eds. Law and Literature. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2004.

Hanawalt, Barbara and Anna A. Grotans, eds. Living Dangerously: On the Margins in  Medieval and Early Modern Europe. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2007.

Harmon, A.G. Eternal Bonds, True Contracts: Law and Nature in Shakespeare’s Problem Plays. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2004.

Hawley, William M. Shakespearean Tragedy and the Common Law. New York: Peter Lang, 1998.

Heald, Paul J., ed. Literature and Legal Problem Solving: Law and Literature as Ethical Discourse. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 1998.

Hegel, Robert E. and Katherine Carlitz, eds. Writing and Law in Late Imperial China: Crime, Conflict, and Judgment. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 2007.

Heinzelman, Susan Sage. Representing Women: Law, Literature, and Feminism. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1994.

Heinzelman, Susan Sage. Riding the Black Ram: Law, Literature, and Gender. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2010.

Hepburn, Allan, ed. Troubled Legacies: Narrative and Inheritance. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007.

Hepner, Gershon. Legal Friction: Law, Identity, and Narrative Politics in Biblical Israel. New York: Peter Lang, 2010.

Hofmann, Gert. Figures of Law: Studies in the Interference of Law and Literature. Tuebingen: Francke, 2007.

Hogan, Patrick Colm. On Interpretation: Meaning and Inference in Law, Psychoanalysis and Literature. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2008.

Hutson, Lorna. The Invention of Suspicion: Law and Mimesis in Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Hutton, Chris. Language, Meaning, and the Law. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2009.

Jones, Timothy S. Outlawry in Medieval Literature. New York: Palgrage Macmillan, 2010.

Jordan, Constance, and Karen Cunningham, eds. The Law in Shakespeare. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

Kafka, Franz (Breon Mitchell, tr.). The Trial. New York: Schocken Books, 1998 (1925).

Kahn, Paul. Law and Love: The Trials of King Lear. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2000.

Kezar, Dennis, ed. Solon and Thespis: Law and Theater in the English Renaissance. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2007.

King, Lovalerie. Race, Theft, and Ethics: Property Matters in African American Literature. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University, 2007.

King, Lovalerie and Richard Schur, eds. African American Culture and Legal Discourse.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

Kornstein, Daniel J. Kill All the Lawyers? Shakespeare’s Legal Appeal. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1994.

Larcombe, Wendy. Compelling Engagements: Feminism, Rape Law and Romance Fiction. Annandale, New South Wales: Federation Press, 2005.

LaRue, L.H. Constitutional Law as Fiction: Narrative in the Rhetoric of Authority. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1995.

Ledwon, Lenora, ed. Law and Literature: Text and Theory. New York: Garland, 1996.

Lemon, Rebecca. Treason by Words: Literature, Law, and Rebellion in Shakespeare’s England. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2006.

Levinson, Sanford and Steven Mailloux, eds. Interpreting Law and Literature: A Hermeneutic Reader. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1988.

Lockey, Brian C. Law and Empire in English Renaissance Literature. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Macpherson, Heidi Slettedahl. Courting Failure: Women and the Law in Twentieth-Century Literature. Akron, OH: University of Akron Press, 2007.

Majeske, Andrew J. Equity in Renaissance Literature: Thomas More and Edmund Spenser. New York: Routledge, 2006.

Mangham, Andrew. Violent Women and Sensation Fiction: Crime, Medicine, and Victorian Popular Culture. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

Marcus, Sharon. Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007.

Markesinis, Basil. Good and Evil in Art and Law. New York: Springer, 2007.

Marshall, Bridget M. The Transatlantic Gothic Novel and the Law, 1790-1860. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2011.

McCarthy, Conor. Marriage in Medieval England: Law, Literature, and Practice. Rochester, NY: Boydell, Press, 2004.

Melville, Herman. Billy Budd, Sailor (and Selected Tales). New York: Oxford University Press, 1997 (1924 and 1962).

Meyer, Michael J., ed. Literature and Law. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2004.

Morawetz, Thomas. Literature and the Law. Frederick, MD: Aspen Publishers, 2007.

Morris, Norval. The Brothel Boy and Other Parables of the Law. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.

Nabers, Deak. Victory of Law: The Fourteenth Amendment, the Civil War, and American Literature, 1852—1867. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006.

Neusner, Jacob. Law as Literature. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2007.

Nussbaum, Martha C. Poetic Justice: The Literary Imagination and Public Life. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1995.

Posner, Richard A. Law and Literature. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 3rd ed., 2009.

Raffield, Paul. Shakespeare’s Imaginary Constitution: Late Elizabethan Politics and the Theatre of Law. Portland, OR: Hart, 2010.

Raffield, Paul and Gary Watt, eds. Shakespeare and the Law. Portland, OR: Hart, 2008.

Redhead, Steve. Unpopular Cultures: The Birth of Law and Popular Culture. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1995.

Reichman, Ravit. The Affective Life of Law: Legal Modernism and the Literary Imagination. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2009.

Renaud, Gilles. Les Misérables on Sentencing: Valjean, Fantine, Javert and the Bishop Debate the Principles. Melbourne: Sandstone Academic Press, 2007.

Ritscher, Lee A. The Semiotics of Rape in Renaissance English Literature. New York: Peter Lang, 2007.

Rockwood, Bruce L., ed. Law and Literature Perspectives. New York: Grove, 1996.

Rodensky, Lisa. The Crime in Mind: Criminal Responsibility and the Victorian Novel. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Ronner, Amy D. Law, Literature, and Therapeutic Jurisprudence. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2010.

Rosenshield, Gary. Western Law, Russian Justice: Dostoevsky, The Jury, and the Law. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2005.

Ross, Charles. Elizabethan Literature and the Law of Fraudulent Conveyance: Sidney, Spenser, and Shakespeare. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003.

St. Joan, Jacqueline and Annette Bennington McElhiney, eds. Beyond Portia: Women, Law and Literature in the United States. Boston, MA: Northeastern University Press, 1997.

Sanders, Mark. Ambiguities of Witnessing: Law and Literature in the Time of a Truth Commission. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2007.

Sarat, Austin, Matthew Anderson, and Cathrine O. Frank. Law and the Humanities: An Introduction. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Scase, Wendy. Literature and Complaint in England, 1272-1553. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Schaller, Barry R. A Vision of American Law: Judging Law, Literature and the Stories We Tell. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1997.

Schmidgen, Wolfram. Eighteenth-Century Fiction and the Law of Property. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Schramm, Jan-Melissa. Testimony and Advocacy in Victorian Law, Literature, and Theology.Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Schramm, Jan-Melissa and Gillian Beer, eds. Testimony and Advocacy in Victorian Law, Literature and Theology. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Shapiro, Fred R. and Jane Garry eds. Trial and Error: An Oxford Anthology of Legal Stories. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Slaughter, Joseph R. Human Rights, Inc.: The World Novel, Narrative Form, and International Law. New York: Fordham University Press, 2007.

Smith, Carl S. Law and American Literature: A Collection of Essays. New York: Knopf, 1983.

Sokol, B.J. and Mary Sokol. Shakespeare, Law, and Marriage. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Thomas, Brook. Cross-Examinations of Law and Literature: Cooper, Hawthorne, Stowe &  Melville. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1991.

Thomas, Brook. Civic Myths: A Law-and-Literature Approach to Citizenship. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2007.

Thomas, Jeffrey E. and Franklin G. Snyder, eds. The Law and Harry Potter. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2010.

Thompson, Carlyle Van. Black Outlaws: Race, Law, and Male Subjectivity in African American Literature and Culture. New York: Peter Lang, 2010.

Tomain, Joseph P. Creon’s Ghost: Law, Justice, and the Humanities. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Turner, J. Neville and Pam Williams, eds. The Happy Couple: Law and Literature. Sydney: Federation Press, 1994.

Tushnet, Mark V. Slave Law in the American South: State v. Mann in History and Literature.  Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2003.

Visconsi, Elliott. Lines of Equity: Literature and the Origins of Law in Later Stuart England.  Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2008.

Ward, Ian. Law and Literature: Possibilities and Perspectives. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

Ward, Ian. Shakespeare and the Legal Imagination. London: Butterworths, 1999.

Ward, Ian. Law, Text, Terror. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Watson, Jay. Forensic Fictions: The Lawyer Figure in Faulkner. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1993.

Warren, Joyce W. Women, Money and the Law: Nineteenth-Century Fiction, Gender, and the Courts. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 2005.

Weaver, Jace. Other Words: American Indian Literature, Law, and Culture. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 2001.

Weiner, Susan. Law in Art: Melville’s Major Fiction and Nineteenth-Century American Law.  New York: Peter Lang, 1992.

Weisberg, Richard H. The Failure of the Word: The Lawyer as Protagonist in Modern Fiction.  New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1984. 

Weisburg, Richard H. Poethics, and Other Strategies of Law and Literature. New York: Columbia University Press, 1992.

White, Edward J. Commentaries on the Law in Shakespeare. Honolulu, HI: University Press of the Pacific, 2002.

White, James Boyd. When Words Lose Their Meaning: Constitutions and Reconstitutions of Language, Character, and Community. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1984.

White, James Boyd. Heracles’ Bow: Essays on the Rhetoric and Poetics of the Law. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1985.

White, James Boyd. Acts of Hope: Creating Authority in Literature, Law and Politics.  Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1994.

White, R.S. Natural Law in English Renaissance Literature. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1996. 

Williams, Melanie. Empty Justice: One Hundred Years of Law, Literature and Philosophy.  London: Cavendish, 2001.

Wilson, Luke. Theaters of Intention: Drama and the Law in Early Modern England. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2000.

Winter, Steven L. A Clearing in the Forest: Law, Life, and Mind. Chicago, IL: University of  Chicago Press, 2001.

Wishingrad, Jay, ed. Short Fictions: Short Stories About Lawyers and the Law. New York: The Overlook Press, 1992.

Woodmansee, Martha and Peter Jaszi, eds. The Construction of Authorship: Textual Appropriation in Law and Literature. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1994.

Wright, Nancy E., Margaret W. Ferguson, and A.R. Buck, eds. Women, Property, and the Letters of the Law in Early Modern England. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004.

Ziolkowski, Theodore. The Mirror of Justice: Literary Reflections of Legal Crises. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2003 ed.

Zomchick, John P. Family and the Law in Eighteenth-Century Fiction: The Public Conscience in the Private Sphere. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Zurcher, Andrew. Spenser’s Legal Language: Law and Poetry in Early Modern England.  Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2007.

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