Interpreting Law and Literature

Interpreting Law and Literature

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From the Preface: qContemporary theory has usefully analyzed how alternative modes of interpretation produce different meanings, how reading itself is constituted by the variable perspectives of readers, and how these perspectives are in turn defined by prejudices, ideologies, interests, and so forth. Some theorists gave argued persuasively that textual meaning, in literature and in literary interpretation, is structured by repression and forgetting, by what the literary or critical text does not say as much as by what it does. All these claims are directly relevant to legal hermeneutics, and thus it is no surprise that legal theorists have recently been turning to literary theory for potential insight into the interpretation of law. This collection of essays is designed to represent the especially rich interactive that has taken place between legal and literary hermeneutics during the past ten years.qgenerally, Note, aquot;Intent, Clear Statements, and the Common Law: Statutory Interpretation in the Supreme Court, aquot; 95 Harv. ... that is at the heart of the objective theory of contracts and also at the heart of the theory of constitutional interpretation suggested in this essay. 54. ... 1946), cert, denied, 329 U.S. 727 ( 1946); Lyman v.

Title:Interpreting Law and Literature
Author: Sanford Levinson, Steven Mailloux
Publisher:Northwestern University Press - 1988

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