This guide is intended for students and researchers studying law and literature at the University of Oxford, although students and researchers from any field may find it useful.
Use this guide to find out about books and online resources for law and literature, including ebooks, ejournals, bibliographic databases.
Fiona created this guide when she was working in the Law Library
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Law and Literature Overview
Many different scholars mean many different things by the term 'law and literature'. This Law Bod Guide divides them into different areas for convenience.
Law and literature is an interdisciplinary subject that has grown since the 1960s and 70s and uses both legal studies and literary studies to explore the boundaries and shared ground of both subjects. Its origins are mostly in America, but a separate field of European law-and-literature studies, drawing on poststructuralist and postmodern traditions, has also developed. Some of the key debates - such as rhetoric v. reason - are ancient philosophical debates.
SOLO is the portal for searching all resources e.g books, journals and databases that are accessible through the University. When looking for a book or journal on SOLO, make sure you note the shelfmark and the location.
The Law Bod is undergoing a major reclassification project, moving from an in-house classification scheme to Moys, which is a Libray of Congress style classification for law libraries.
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