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Law and Literature, Stanford University

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posted on 2022-07-06, 16:23 authored by Post Discipline AdminPost Discipline Admin
After its heyday in the 1970s and 1980s, many wondered whether the law and literature movement would retain vitality. Within the last decade there has, however, been an explosion of energy in the field, which has expanded beyond the boundaries of the literary text narrowly conceived and incorporated a range of other genres and humanistic approaches. Several recent or forthcoming books survey the range of emerging scholarship and the potential for new directions within the field. Using one of these, New Directions in Law and Literature (Oxford, 2017), as a guide, this course will delve into a variety of topics that law and literature approaches can illuminate. These include, among others, conceptions of sovereignty and non-sovereign collectivities, the construction of the citizen and refugee, competing visions of marriage and its alternatives, law and the rhetorical tradition, and theoretical perspectives on intellectual property. Nearly every session will pair recent scholarship in the field with a literary or artistic work, ranging from Claudia Rankine's Citizen to Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice. After the term begins, students accepted into the course can transfer from section (01) into section (02), which meets the R requirement, with consent of the instructor. Students taking the course for R credit can take the course for either 3 or 4 units, depending on the paper length. This class is limited to 22 students, with an effort made to have students from SLS (16 students will be selected by lottery) and six non-law students by consent of instructor. Elements used in grading: Attendance, Class Participation, Written Assignments, Final Paper. Cross-listed with English (ENGLISH 350). Stanford also offers a JD/PhD Law Program in Modern Thought and Literature. For more information, see here: https://law.stanford.edu/education/degrees/joint-degrees-within-stanford-university/law-program-modern-thought-literature/. 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 https://postdiscipline.english.ox.ac.uk/. Data was collected and accurate in 2021/22.

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Subject Area

Law

Geographic Region

Pacific

University or College

Stanford University

Funding Status

Private

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)

28948000

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

64350

Course Title

Law and Literature

Terminal Degree of Instructor(s)

PhD English

Position of Instructor(s)

Professor of Law

Academic Year(s) Active

2017/18

Course Enrolment

22

Primary Works on Reading List

Citizen by Claudia Rankine and The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare.

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