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Law and Literature, George Washington University

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The ways in which the law is depicted in literature, and how literary interpretation can be applied to legal texts. Literary and philosophical works of short to moderate length by Melville, Kafka, Shakespeare, Capote, Morrison, Garcia Marquez, and Faulkner, among others. Note that the attached syllabus is not a current syllabus, but is described as very similar to the instuctor's current teaching practice on their website. 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 Washington 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)


Course Title

Law and Literature

Terminal Degree of Instructor(s)


Position of Instructor(s)

Professor of Law

Academic Year(s) Active

Since 2010

Primary Works on Reading List

Herman Melville, Billy Budd, Sailor; William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice; Franz Kafka, The Trial; Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Chronicle of a Death Foretold; Shirley Jackson, The Lottery; Ursula K. LeGuin Omelas; Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye; Otto Preminger (dir.), Anatomy of a Murder; Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov; Friedrich D├╝rrenmatt, Traps; Truman Capote, In Cold Blood; Sophocles, Antigone; and Heinrich von Kleist, Michael Kohlhaas.

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