Subversion and Sympathy: Gender, Law, and the British Novel

Hardcover | January 16, 2013

EditorMartha C. Nussbaum, Alison L. Lacroix

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This interdisciplinary volume of contributed essays focuses on issues of gender in the British novel of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, particularly Hardy and Trollope. Approaching the topic from a variety of backgrounds, the contributors reinvigorate the law-and-literature movementby displaying a range of ways in which literature and law can illuminate one another and in which the conversation between them can illuminate deeper human issues with which both disciplines are concerned. Their chapters shed light on a range of gender-related issues, from inheritance to money-lending to illegitimacy, but also make an important methodological contribution by displaying (and discussing) a range of methodological perspectives that exemplify the breadth and range of this discipline,which links history, gender studies, philosophy, literary studies, and law.

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This interdisciplinary volume of contributed essays focuses on issues of gender in the British novel of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, particularly Hardy and Trollope. Approaching the topic from a variety of backgrounds, the contributors reinvigorate the law-and-literature movementby displaying a range of ways in which litera...

Martha Nussbaum is Professor of Law and Philosophy at the University of Chicago. Alison LaCroix is Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:January 16, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199812042

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Alison L. LaCroix and Martha C. Nussbaum: IntroductionDiane P. Wood: PrefaceI. Marriage and SexJulie C. Suk: The Moral and Legal Consequences of Wife-Selling in The Mayor of CasterbridgeAmanda Claybaugh: Jude the Obscure: The Irrelevance of Marriage LawGeoffrey R. Stone: The History of Obscenity, the British Novel, and the First AmendmentRichard A. Posner: Jane Austen: Comedy and Social StructureII. Law, Social Norms, and Women's AgencyJulia Simon-Kerr: Pious Perjury in Scott's The Heart of MidlothianMarcia Baron: Rape, Seduction, Purity, and Shame in Tess of the d'UrbervillesMartha C. Nussbaum: The Stain of Illegitimacy: Gender, Law, and Trollopian SubversionNicola Lacey: Could He Forgive Her? Gender, Agency, and Women's Criminality in the Novels of Anthony TrollopeIII. Property, Commerce, TravelDouglas G. Baird: Law, Commerce, and Gender in Trollope's Framley ParsonageSaul Levmore: Primogeniture, Legal Change, and TrollopeBernadette Meyler: Defoe's Formal LawsIV. Readers and InterpretationAlison L. LaCroix: The Lawyer's Library in the Early American RepublicRobert A. Ferguson: Proposals and Performative Utterance in the 19th-Century Novel: the Professional Man's PlightBlakey Vermeule: A Comeuppance Theory of Narrative and the Emotions