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Law & Literature: Books: Law and Literature

Subjects: Criminology, English, Law


The majority of books held by the Bodleian Libraries, in both physical and electronic formats, can be searched via SOLO. On this page you will find recommended books, guidance on how to search for and access print and ebooks, and libraries in the University that might be relevant for your studies and research.

What is Law & Literature?

'Law and literature' is an interdisciplinary subject in itself, especially in American universities, and it has developed from an understanding of how literary study can benefit lawyers - in Cardozo's understanding of narrative technique when formulating legal arguments, say, or in White's concept of the legal imagination - into a self-aware discipline that uses literary concepts to highlight legal ones, and vice versa.

A useful digital commons guide by Paul Heald. The books below provide some overviews or introductions of the subject.

Law & Literature

Law and Literature as a discipline has been shaped by its growth in the US, although other countries draw upon their own traditions in response to the subject's American influence. White, West, Ward, Fish and Goodrich are some of the key thinkers in developing this broad area of study.

These books are available on Level 2 of the Bodleian Law Library

Books in the Bodleian English Faculty Library

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