Literature and Legal Discourse: Equity and Ethics from Sterne to Conrad

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September 1999



The intersection between law and literature is a developing area in literary studies. Recent work argues that literature provides an imaginary forum in which legal ideals and practices may be tested. Dieter Polloczek's study develops this idea to show how the novel, with its increasing social scope and formal sophistication provided a means of transmitting, questioning and refining society's traditions, values and modes of self-questioning. Polloczek's study is both theoretical and historical, extending from the eighteenth century to the modernist period, and covering texts from Sterne, Dickens, Bentham and Conrad.


Introduction; 1. Trappings of a transnational gaze: legal and sentimental confinement in Sterne's novels; 2. Reinstitutionalising the common law: Bentham on the security and flexibility of legal rules; 3. Aporias of retribution and questions of responsibility: classifying the legacy of incarceration in Dickens's Bleak House; 4. A curse gone recursive: the case and cause of solidarity in Conrad's The Nigger of the 'Narcissus'; 5. Conclusion.


"Polloczek's sophisticted study has much to offer graduate students and scholars interested in the cultural nexus of literature and law." Choice
EAN: 9780521652513
ISBN: 0521652510
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 1999
Seitenanzahl: 278 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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