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Law & Literature: Law as literature

Tracing histories

Narrative and interpretation

Telling stories with words is the essential overlap of law and literature, whether its to fit individual cases into overarching legal structures or to individuate the people involved in general situations. Narrative is a key aspect of Law & Lit research.

Useful articles/chapters:

"Nomos and Narrative" by Robert Cover (a legal historian on meaning in the law).

Richard Dworkin's chapter on 'How Law is Like Literature' in A Matter of Principle.

Feminist jurisprudence

Using literary techniques to critique law

These books are 'Law & Literature - an interdisciplinary subject' as well, but as a teen rather than a toddler.