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The class reads a variety of classic and contemporary texts to illustrate how law and legal problems are portrayed in literature. This is both an exercise in our understanding of law as well as a lesson in how to read texts. We also can think of a text as a kind of evidence, legal or otherwise. Grading is based on a combinations of papers; students have an option of one long paper or two or three shorter papers, focusing on the works read and key themes of the class. Readings change each year, but typical readings include the Bible, Shakespeare, Kafka, Melville, James, and others. This information has been collected for the Post-Discipline Online Syllabus Database. The database explores the use of literature by schools of professional education in North America. It forms part of a larger project titled Post-Discipline: Literature, Professionalism, and the Crisis of the Humanities, led by Dr Merve Emre with the assistance of Dr Hayley G. Toth. You can find more information about the project at Data was collected and accurate in 2021/22.


Subject Area


Geographic Region

South Atlantic

University or College

George Mason University

Funding Status


Endowment (according to NACUBO's U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change* in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20) ($1,000)


Annual Tuition and Mandatory Fees 2021-2022 ($) (Resident; Non-resident, where applicable)

25875; 41261

Course Title

Law and Literature

Terminal Degree of Instructor(s)


Position of Instructor(s)

Professor of Economics

Academic Year(s) Active

2001/02, 2002/03, 2003/04, 2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/07, 2007/08/ 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21, 2021/22

Primary Works on Reading List

Susan Glaspell, Trifles; The New English Bible; Mohamedou Ould Slahi, Guantanamo Diary; David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer, Year’s Best SF 9; Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis, In the Penal Colony, and Other Stories; Jack Henry Abbott, In the Belly of the Beast; Juan Gabriel Vasquez, Reputations; Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories; Isaac Asimov, I, Robot; Friedrich Durrenmatt, The Pledge; Shaka Sengkor, Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison; Ian McEwan, The Children Act; Curtis Dawkins, The Graybar Hotel; and Sarah Langford, In Your Defence.

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