Subversion and Sympathy: Gender, Law, and the British Novel

Subversion and Sympathy: Gender, Law, and the British Novel

By: Martha C. Nussbaum (editor), Alison L. LaCroix (editor)Hardback

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This interdisciplinary volume of contributed essays focuses on issues of gender in the British novel of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, particularly Hardy and Trollope. Approaching the topic from a variety of backgrounds, the contributors reinvigorate the law-and-literature movement by displaying a range of ways in which literature and law can illuminate one another and in which the conversation between them can illuminate deeper human issues with which both disciplines are concerned. Their chapters shed light on a range of gender-related issues, from inheritance to money-lending to illegitimacy, but also make an important methodological contribution by displaying (and discussing) a range of methodological perspectives that exemplify the breadth and range of this discipline, which links history, gender studies, philosophy, literary studies, and law.

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Alison LaCroix is Assistant Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School. Martha Nussbaum is Professor of Law and Philosophy, University of Chicago


Introduction ; Alison L. LaCroix and Martha C. Nussbaum ; Preface ; Diane P. Wood ; I. Marriage and Sex ; The Moral and Legal Consequences of Wife-Selling in The Mayor of Casterbridge ; Julie C. Suk ; Jude the Obscure: The Irrelevance of Marriage Law ; Amanda Claybaugh ; The History of Obscenity, the British Novel, and the First Amendment ; Geoffrey R. Stone ; Jane Austen: Comedy and Social Structure ; Richard A. Posner ; II. Law, Social Norms, and Women's Agency ; Pious Perjury in Scott's The Heart of Midlothian ; Julia Simon-Kerr ; Rape, Seduction, Purity, and Shame in Tess of the d'Urbervilles ; Marcia Baron ; The Stain of Illegitimacy: Gender, Law, and Trollopian Subversion ; Martha C. Nussbaum ; Could He Forgive Her? Gender, Agency, and Women's Criminality in the Novels of Anthony Trollope ; Nicola Lacey ; III. Property, Commerce, Travel ; Law, Commerce, and Gender in Trollope's Framley Parsonage ; Douglas G. Baird ; Primogeniture, Legal Change, and Trollope ; Saul Levmore ; Defoe's Formal Laws ; Bernadette Meyler ; IV. Readers and Interpretation ; The Lawyer's Library in the Early American Republic ; Alison L. LaCroix ; Proposals and Performative Utterance in the 19th-Century Novel: the Professional Man's Plight ; Robert A. Ferguson ; A Comeuppance Theory of Narrative and the Emotions ; Blakey Vermeule

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  • publication date: 31/01/2013
  • ISBN13: 9780199812042
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 336
  • ID: 9780199812042
  • weight: 570
  • ISBN10: 0199812047

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