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Law and Literature, Northwestern University (Pritzker)

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Literature is a cultural artifact, a creative practice, and a social bellwether. As lawyers we work with legal precedent that reflect a culture of rights and duties, we engage a creative rhetorical practice, and we make arguments about where we are or should be as a society. Stated this way, possible connections between literary and legal practices are revealed. In this course we will interrogate those connections. There will be three core inquiries around the ideas of law in literature, law as literature, and literature as law. Does our literary past inform our jurisprudential constitution? What can we learn as lawyers from a fictive practice of storytelling and close reading of texts? Can literary texts serve as persuasive authority for us as we make larger arguments about the social/legal/policy world we inhabit as lawyers? 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

East North Central

University or College

Northwestern University (Pritzker)

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 Practice

Academic Year(s) Active

2016, 2018, 2020, 2022

Course Enrolment


Primary Works on Reading List

Sophocles, Philoctetes; Williams Shakespeare, Measure for Measure; Franz Kafka, The Trial; Colum McCann, Thirteen Ways of Looking; Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace; and Toni Morrison, Beloved.

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