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Judicial Themes in Literature Seminar
J.D. Seminar 289 | 1 credit hours
For centuries literature has focused on such judicial themes as justice, revenge, advocacy, race and ethnicity, and punishment. Beginning with Greek tragedy, continuing with the study of human nature in Shakespeare, and up to the contemporary thrillers of John Grisham and Scott Turow, literature has looked at the world through the eyes of the law and legal systems. In this course, students will read and discuss a collection of literature, including “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the novella “Billy Budd,” Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” and “Julius Caesar,” Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” and the modern classic “Snow Falling on Cedars.” Students will also read several short stories, including Susan Glaspell’s “A Jury of Her Peers,” picked as one of the best short stories of the Twentieth Century. Finally, each student will write a short paper on one of the themes discussed in class.
Students may not receive credit for this seminar and Law and Literature Seminar or Law and Humanities Seminar or Jurisprudence in Literature Seminar.
In Summer 2012, this seminar will meet for five sessions on May 30, June 6, 13, 20, and 27.