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Criminal Law and the Modernist Novel
Experience on Trial

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  • Date Published: July 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107012974

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  • The realist novel and the modern criminal trial both came to fruition in the nineteenth century. Each places a premium on the author's or trial lawyer's ability to reconstruct reality, reflecting modernity's preoccupation with firsthand experience as the basis of epistemological authority. But by the early twentieth century experience had, as Walter Benjamin put it, “fallen in value.” The modernist novel and the criminal trial of the period began taking cues from a kind of nonexperience – one that nullifies identity, subverts repetition, and supplants presence with absence. Rex Ferguson examines how such nonexperience colours the overlapping relationship between law and literary modernism. Chapters on E. M. Forster's A Passage to India, Ford Madox Ford's The Good Soldier, and Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time detail the development of a uniquely modern subjectivity, offering new critical insight to scholars and students of twentieth-century literature, cultural studies, and the history of law and philosophy.

    • Offers a new assessment of the relationship between law and literature in the modernist period
    • Covers a range of authors and topics, including E. M. Forster, Ford Madox Ford, Marcel Proust, essays by Virginia Woolf, and the nineteenth-century realist novel
    • Makes a compelling argument about the development of modern subjectivity and 'experience' that draws on the history of philosophy, science, law and literature
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    'Nuanced and insightful.' The Times Literary Supplement

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107012974
    • length: 222 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The trials of experience: from enlightened subjectivity to Woolfian moments of being
    2. Mysteries and muddles in A Passage to India
    3. The Good Soldier and the good reader
    4. The repeated appeal of Proust and Dreyfus
    Conclusion: experiencing the hyper-real

  • Author

    Rex Ferguson, University of Birmingham
    Rex Ferguson is a lecturer in English literature at the University of Birmingham.

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