Interpreting Law and Literature: A Hermeneutic Reader
edited by Sanford Levinson and Steven Mailloux
Northwestern University Press, 1988 Paper: 978-0-8101-0793-9
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ABOUT THIS BOOK
From the Preface:
"Contemporary 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."
Sanford Levinson, Professor of Law at the University of Texas, is the co-author of Processes of Constitutional Decision Making.
Steven Mailloux, Professor of English at Syracuse University, is the author of Interpretive Conventions: The Reader in the Study of American Fiction and Rhetorical Power.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Politics and Interpretive Theory
The Constitution of the United States: Contemporary Ratification
Address Before the D. C. Chapter of the Federalist Society Lawyers Division
The Question of Method
Sonnet LXV and the “Black Ink” of the Framers' Intention
[“On Sonnet LXV”]
Counterfactuals in Interpretation
The Misconceived Quest for the Original Understanding
James Madison's Theory of Constitutional Interpretation
Dead Letters: Wills and Poems
Statutory Interpretation and Literary Theory: Some Common Concerns of an Unlikely Pair
An Essay on Constitutional Language
Law as Literature
Keep off the Grass, Drop Dead, and Other Indeterminacies: A Response to Sanford Levinson
On the Use and Abuse of Nietzsche for Modern Constitutional Theory
Following the Rules Laid Down: A Critique of Interpretivism and Neutral Principles
Against Formalism: Chickens and Rocks
Objectivity and Interpretation
Fish v. Fiss
The Poetics of Legal Interpretation
An Essay in the Deconstruction of Contract Doctrine
Interpreting the Law: Hermeneutical and Poststructuralist Perspectives
From Constitutional Fate: Theory of the Constitution
The Fate of the Constitution
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