This course explores how literature can enrich our understanding of the complicated and powerful role law and lawyers play in our society and those of other countries. The course initially covers a brief survey of several of the principal schools of jurisprudential thought that have influenced the development of the law in both common law countries and civil law jurisdictions, including natural law, positivism, legal realism, and feminist legal theory. The course then examines how the various legal theories are reflected in several short works of literature, including plays and short stories. The philosophical readings will come from law review articles and treatises. The literary selections will include both Anglo-American and continental works. The approach will compare and contrast the jurisprudential influences on the legal systems of countries with a common law tradition and countries with other systems of law, as manifested through imaginative literature.
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