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New Directions in Law and Literature$
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Elizabeth S. Anker and Bernadette Meyler

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190456368

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190456368.001.0001

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Law, Literature, and History

Law, Literature, and History

The Love Triangle

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(p.160) Chapter 9 Law, Literature, and History
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New Directions in Law and Literature
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Bernadette Meyler

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190456368.003.0010

This chapter demonstrates the centrality of the humanities to the core of law school pedagogy today. At the same time, by focusing on two areas within the humanities—literature and history—it tries to show how disciplines still matter, both as engines and impediments. Examining the shifting passions that bind law, literature, and history to each other, it foregrounds the dynamic quality of disciplinary relations as the attraction of fields for each other waxes and wanes. This dynamism itself advances the possibilities for new births of knowledge. Although unstable and of unknown fate, the love triangle of law, literature, and history continues to spawn fertile offspring.

Keywords:   law and literature, love triangle, law and humanities, legal pedagogy, legal academia, systems theory

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