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The Death of Law and Literature: An Optimistic Eulogy

The Death of Law and Literature: An Optimistic Eulogy Paul J h. eal D e D Th eath of Law and Literature An Optimistic Eulogy I spent last Saturday morning leading a group of federal judges in a vigorous and largely successful roundtable discussion of Ariel Dorfm D ae n a ’s th pla an y,d the Maiden. e Th deep underlying cause of this event was surely Michael Palencia- Roth—and not just because he wrote me a nice letter of recommendation to law school years ago. His responsibility runs deeper, to the very substance of my under- standing of the relationship between law and literature, an interdisciplinary e fi ld of study that had barely started in the late seventies when Michael r fi st became my teacher and mentor. He is why we read a play rather than an academic essay, and it’s his inu fl ence that lets me proclaim the death of the Law and Literature movement with an optimistic bent. Although the Brothers Grimm had done work identifying the common ety- mology of various poetic and legal terms as early as 6,181 the modern Law and Literature movement begins with the 76 91 publication of James Boyd White’s e Th Legal Imagination. White, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

The Death of Law and Literature: An Optimistic Eulogy

The Comparatist , Volume 33 – Jun 12, 2009

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University of North Carolina Press
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Abstract

Paul J h. eal D e D Th eath of Law and Literature An Optimistic Eulogy I spent last Saturday morning leading a group of federal judges in a vigorous and largely successful roundtable discussion of Ariel Dorfm D ae n a ’s th pla an y,d the Maiden. e Th deep underlying cause of this event was surely Michael Palencia- Roth—and not just because he wrote me a nice letter of recommendation to law school years ago. His responsibility runs deeper, to the very substance of my under- standing of the relationship between law and literature, an interdisciplinary e fi ld of study that had barely started in the late seventies when Michael r fi st became my teacher and mentor. He is why we read a play rather than an academic essay, and it’s his inu fl ence that lets me proclaim the death of the Law and Literature movement with an optimistic bent. Although the Brothers Grimm had done work identifying the common ety- mology of various poetic and legal terms as early as 6,181 the modern Law and Literature movement begins with the 76 91 publication of James Boyd White’s e Th Legal Imagination. White,

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Published: Jun 12, 2009

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