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Cross-Examinations of Law and Literature: Cooper, Hawthorne, Stowe, and Melville Brook Thomas

Cross-Examinations of Law and Literature: Cooper, Hawthorne, Stowe, and Melville

Brook Thomas

Published May 29th 1987
ISBN : 9780521330817
Hardcover
314 pages
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In Cross Examinations of Law and Literature Brook Thomas uses legal thought and legal practice as a lens through which to read some of the important fictions of antebellum America. The lens reflects both ways, and we learn as much about theMoreIn Cross Examinations of Law and Literature Brook Thomas uses legal thought and legal practice as a lens through which to read some of the important fictions of antebellum America. The lens reflects both ways, and we learn as much about the literature in the context of contemporary legal concerns as we do about the legal ideologies that the fiction subverts or reveals. Successive chapters deal with Coopers Pioneers and Hawthornes The House of Seven Gables (property law and the image of the judiciary), Melvilles Benito Cereno and Stowes Uncle Toms Cabin (slavery), Melvilles White Jacket, Pierre and Bartleby (worker exploitation or wage slavery), The Confidence-Man (contracts), and finally, Billy Budd, which examines a number of issues illustrative of the triumph of legal formalism after the Civil War.