Poetic Justice  and Legal Fictions by Jonathan KertzerPoetic Justice  and Legal Fictions by Jonathan Kertzer

Poetic Justice and Legal Fictions

byJonathan Kertzer

Hardcover | April 26, 2010

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Literature reveals the intense efforts of moral imagination required to articulate what justice is and how it might be satisfied. Examining a wide variety of texts including Shakespeare's plays, Gilbert and Sullivan's operas, and modernist poetics, Poetic Justice and Legal Fictions explores how literary laws and values illuminate and challenge the jurisdiction of justice and the law. Jonathan Kertzer examines how justice is articulated by its command of, or submission to, time, nature, singularity, truth, transcendence and sacrifice, marking the distance between the promise of justice to satisfy our moral and sociable needs and its failure to do so. Poetic Justice and Legal Fictions will be invaluable reading for scholars of the law within literature and amongst modernist and twentieth century literature specialists.
Title:Poetic Justice and Legal FictionsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:178 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:April 26, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521196450

ISBN - 13:9780521196451

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; 1. Le mot juste; 2. Life plus ninety-nine years: the fantasy of legal fictions; 3. Time's desire: the temporality of justice; 4. One touch of nature: literature and natural law; 5. The course of a particular: on literary singularity; 6. Truth, justice and the pathos of understanding; 7. Conclusion: legal fictions; Notes; Works cited; Index.