Law and Literature Redux: Some Remarks on the Importance of the Legal Imagination

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Abstract

In “Law and Literature Redux? Some Remarks on the Importance of the Legal Imagination,” Jeanne Gaakeer traces the development of literary-legal studies over recent decades and discusses the future of humanistic legal education and practice, in light of James Boyd White’s seminal contributions to the legal imagination. From at least three perspectives, Gaakeer stresses the methodological implications of law and literature for our views on law (e.g., as a positivist “science” or an hermeneutic “art”), the paideic potential of law and literature for contemporary legal education, and the historical relevance of the studia humanitatis and their exemplary contribution toward high-quality interdisciplinary research and the modern practice of law.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLiving in a Law Transformed, Encounters with the Works of James Boyd White
EditorsJ. Etxabe, G. Watt
Place of PublicationAnn Arbor
Pages13-36
Number of pages24
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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