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Poetic Justice and Legal Fictions

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  • Date Published: April 2010
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521196451

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  • Literature reveals the intense efforts of moral imagination required to articulate what justice is and how it might be satisfied. Examining a wide variety of texts including Shakespeare's plays, Gilbert and Sullivan's operas, and modernist poetics, Poetic Justice and Legal Fictions explores how literary laws and values illuminate and challenge the jurisdiction of justice and the law. Jonathan Kertzer examines how justice is articulated by its command of, or submission to, time, nature, singularity, truth, transcendence and sacrifice, marking the distance between the promise of justice to satisfy our moral and sociable needs and its failure to do so. Poetic Justice and Legal Fictions will be invaluable reading for scholars of the law within literature and amongst modernist and twentieth century literature specialists.

    • Covers a variety of historical periods, nationalities and literary forms
    • Highlights the importance of literature which deals with practical and important issues
    • Written in a clear style which is accessible to a wide audience
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    • Date Published: April 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521196451
    • length: 178 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    1. Le mot juste
    2. Life plus ninety-nine years: the fantasy of legal fictions
    3. Time's desire: the temporality of justice
    4. One touch of nature: literature and natural law
    5. The course of a particular: on literary singularity
    6. Truth, justice and the pathos of understanding
    7. Conclusion: legal fictions
    Notes
    Works cited
    Index.

  • Author

    Jonathan Kertzer, University of Calgary
    Jonathan Kertzer is Professor of English at the University of Calgary. His previous publications include Poetic Argument: Studies in Modern Poetry (1989), 'That House in Manawaka': Margaret Laurence's 'A Birl in the House' (1992) and Worrying the Nation: Imagining a National Literature in English Canada (1998).

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