Provides a resource for teachers interested in learning about the field of law and literature and shows how to bring its insights to bear in their classrooms, both in the liberal arts and in law schools. Essays in the first section, "Theory and History of the Movement," provide a retrospective of the field and look forward to new developments. The second section, "Model Courses," offers readers an array of possibilities for structuring courses that integrate legal issues with the study of literature, from The Canterbury Tales to current prison literature. In "Texts," the third section, guidance is provided for teaching not only written documents (novels, plays, trial reports) but also cultural objects: digital media, Native American ceremonies, documentary theater, hip-hop. The volume's contributors investigate what constitutes law and literature and how each informs the other.
Austin Sarat is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College. He is the author of The Road to Abolition? The Future of Capital Punishment in the United Statesand When Government Breaks the Law. Cathrine O. Frank is associate professor of English at the University of New England. She is author of Law, Literature, and the Transmission of Culture in England, 1837-1925and, with Austin Sarat and Matthew Anderson, ofLaw and the Humanities: An Introduction. Matthew Anderson is associate professor in the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture at Georgia Institute of Technology. He is the author of Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized CultureandPerforming Glam Rock: Gender and Theatricality in Popular Music.