Law and Literature
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Undergraduate: Level 6
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 22 March 2024
30 August 2022
Requisites for this module
BA Q130 Literature with Law,
BA Q131 Literature with Law (including Foundation Year),
BA Q132 Literature with Law (including Placement Year)
This module will examine the interrelationship between law and literature from a variety of perspectives. The module reflects research interests of staff in the Law School and Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies. There is increasing academic interest in interdisciplinary study in law, and there is an established body of scholarship examining the relationship between law and literature from a variety of perspectives.
The perspectives examined in the module will include, but not be confined to, the representation of law in literature, legal texts as literature and how techniques of literary interpretation can inform the study and understanding of law. The module will also present the opportunity for students to examine the nature of interdisciplinary work, exemplified by the study of law and literature.
The aim of this module is to explore introductions to relevant literary theory and legal theory, examining issues of textuality, authorship and interpretation as well as contexts. In addition to close reading of selected texts, seminars will explore such issues as justice, morality, and reasoning, trials and courts, campaigns for legal reform, anarchy, crime and punishment, the concepts of race, human rights, migration and theatre and international crimes.
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
1) Write essays which analyse topics exploring the relationship between literature and law, making use of appropriate vocabulary and techniques, appropriate to this level of study.
2) Demonstrate an awareness of theoretical contexts and frameworks for the study of literature and law.
3) Demonstrate an awareness of the implications of the interdisciplinary study of literature and law
4) Illustrate through comparative analysis the way in which literature and law may be related.
No additional information available.
Anticipated teaching delivery: Weekly 1-hour lecture plus 1-hour seminar
Eagleton, T. (2008) Literary theory: an introduction
. Anniversary ed., 2nd ed. Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub. Available at: https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=465240&site=ehost-live
Etherington, B. and Zimbler, J. (2021) ‘Decolonize Practical Criticism?’, English: Journal of the English Association
, 70(270), pp. 227–236. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1093/english/efab017
Jane B. Baron (1999) ‘Law, Literature, and the Problems of Interdisciplinarity’, The Yale Law Journal
, 108(5). Available at: https://www.jstor.org/stable/797370
Glaspell, S., Bigsby, C.W.E. and Dymkowski, C. (1987) ‘Trifles’, in Plays
. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 35–46. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139165969.003
Edward J. Eberle & Bernhard Grossfeld (no date) ‘Law and Poetry’, Roger Williams University Law Review
, 11(2). Available at: https://heinonline.org/HOL/P?h=hein.journals/rwulr11&i=359
Solórzano, D.G. and Yosso, T.J. (2002) ‘Critical Race Methodology: Counter-Storytelling as an Analytical Framework for Education Research’, Qualitative Inquiry
, 8(1), pp. 23–44. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1177/107780040200800103
Thomas Ross (1989) ‘The Richmond Narratives’, Texas Law Review
[Preprint]. Available at: https://heinonline.org/HOL/P?h=hein.journals/tlr68&i=397
Bell, Jr., D.A. (2013) ‘Property Rights in Whiteness: Their Legal Legacy, Their Economic Costs’, in R. Delgado and J. Stefancic (eds) Critical race theory: the cutting edge
. Third edition. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, pp. 63–70. Available at: https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=582281&site=ehost-live&ebv=EB&ppid=pp_63
Le Guin, U.K. (2006) The dispossessed. London: Gollancz.
Solga, K. (2009) Violence Against Women in Early Modern Performance
. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230274051
Ahmed, S. (2021) Complaint!
Durham: Duke University Press. Available at: https://www-jstor-org.uniessexlib.idm.oclc.org/stable/j.ctv1v7zdh2
Capstick, T. (2018) ‘Migration and Belonging’, in S. Bahun and B. Petric (eds) Thinking home?: interdisciplinary dialogues
. London: Bloomsbury, pp. 185–206. Available at: https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=1841155&site=ehost-live&ebv=EK&ppid=Page-__-143
Dix, B. and Pollock, L. (2019) Vanni?: A Family’s Struggle Through the Sri Lankan Conflict. Penguin Random House India.
Bindas, K.J. (2015) ‘The Routledge History of Social Protest in Popular Music’, Rock Music Studies
, 2(2), pp. 207–208. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/19401159.2014.888163
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||Online Portfolio (Completion of discussion forum posts on Moodle. No submission to FASer)
Exam format definitions
- Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
- In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary,
for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.
Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Katharine Cockin, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
LiFTS General Office - email@example.com
Tel. (01206) 872626
Dr Eleanor Perry
University of Kent
Lecturer in Creative Writing (Poetry)
Available via Moodle
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654 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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