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By Ian Ward

ISBN-10: 0511519265

ISBN-13: 9780511519260

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The emergence of an interdisciplinary learn of legislations and literature is among the most fun theoretical advancements presently occurring in North the US and Britain. Ian Ward explores the educative pursuits of the legislation and literature stream, and explores the legislation in key parts of literature from Shakespeare to Umberto Eco to Beatrix Potter, from feminist literature to kid's literature to the trendy novel. This unique e-book defines the constructing nation of legislations and literature stories, and demonstrates how the speculation of legislation and literature can remove darkness from the literary textual content.

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It applies most immediately to West's political thesis, but in a sense applies equally to Weisberg's. Messing about with the politics of law is an inherently dangerous business, and if we are going to play with literature, then we must be very careful indeed. Legal thought has been down this path before, and recently. Law and literature is haunted by a very familiar ghost. The early socio-political CLS movement began with the very best of motives. 97 It has ended, not by reaching any particular goal, or indeed identifying one, but by going round in ever-decreasing circles, using up its dissipating energies in a multitude of various internecine disputes, and in the invention of increasingly pretentious and ultimately useless language which, rather than educating, serves only to mystify and then to alienate all but the most fervent of believers.

Because of this essentially functional ambition, from its earliest days law and literature has revealed an enthusiasm for categorisation; an unavoidable functionalist requirement, made unavoidable by its very own ambition. It is the same requirement acknowledged by both Barthes and Foucault. In his The Legal Imagination James Boyd White immediately entered upon the task of categorising literature. The purpose of this part of the chapter is to re-engage the process of categorisation, and to do so in such a way as to reinstate the role of the author in presenting the text.

But, as Foucault acknowledged, though it may be an evil, it is perhaps a necessary one. There has to be a constraint somewhere. Utility demands one. 10 More recently Terry Eagleton has reaffirmed the 'death5 of the author. Eagleton's thesis, in considerable part due to his own progressive political agenda, is heavily historicist. The written word had always been a tool of social oppression. In his identification of the three essential stages of literary theory, authorial intent rose and then declined during the nineteenth century, to be followed by the New Critical concern with the text, and now the contemporary obsession with the reader.

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