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Law and the Contemporary Novel, Northwestern University (Pritzker)

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In this class we’ll discuss depictions of the law in popular fiction and how those depictions affect perceptions of the law. We will read contemporary novels on a number of different topics that all relate to law in different ways, and we will consider the impact those novels have on perceptions of lawyers and the law for lawyers and non-lawyers alike. Students will learn how to analyze texts through close reading, evaluate those texts through both writing and active discussion, and engage in oral presentations. 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 the Contemporary Novel

Terminal Degree of Instructor(s)


Position of Instructor(s)

Clinical Professor of Law

Academic Year(s) Active


Course Enrolment


Primary Works on Reading List

Short stories: Ursula Le Guin, "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas"; J.S. Marcus, "Centaurs". Novels: Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale; Jennifer DuBois, Cartwheel; Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl; Yuri Herrera, Signs Preceding the End of the World; Tiffany Jackson, Allegedly; Tayari Jones, An American Marriage; William Landay, Defending Jacob; Tracy Manaster, The Done Thing; Ian McEwan, The Children Act; Hanae Minato, Confessions; Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give

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