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Literary Criticisms of Law
Guyora Binder & Robert Weisberg

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

PREFACE ix
INTRODUCTION
Law as Literature 3
From Letters to Literature 7
Literary Canons and Academies 13
The Risks and Possibilities of Law and Literature 16
Genres of Criticism 20
CHAPTER ONE Interpretive Crises in American Legal Thought 28
Introduction 28
1.1 The Crisis of Whig Hermeneutics 31
1.2 Progressive Interpretation 56
1.3 The Crisis of Progressive Interpretation 87
Conclusion 109
CHAPTER TWO Hermeneutic Criticism of Law 112
Introduction 112
2.1 Literary Theories of Interpretation 114
2.2 Law as Literary Interpretation 154
2.3 Legal Hermeneutics in Practice 188
Conclusion 199
CHAPTER THREE Narrative Criticism of Law 201
Introduction: The Law as Narrative Trope 201
3.1 Literary Theories of Narrative 209
3.2 Instrumental Claims: Narrative as Law's Antagonist and Salvation 232
3.3 Law and Narrative as Mutually Inherent 261
Conclusion: Performing the Law and Narrating the Nation 287
CHAPTER FOUR Rhetorical Criticism of Law 292
Introduction: Law, Rhetoric, and the Problem of Authoritarianism 292
4.1 A Very Brief History of Rhetoric 299
4.2 The Conservative Model o Rhetoric 309
4.3 Is a Liberal Rhetoric Possible? 330
Conclusion 376
CHAPTER FIVE Deconstructive Criticism of Law 378
Introduction 378
5.1 Derridean Deconstruction 380
5.2 Deconstruction as Epistemological Criticism 408
5.3 Deconstruction as Ethical Criticism 440
Conclusion 460
CHAPTER SIX Cultural Criticism of Law 462
Introduction 462
6.1 Theoretical Sources for Cultural Criticism of Law 464
62 Cultural Readings of Disputes 480
6.3 Cultural Readings of Capitalism 507
Conclusion 538
INDEX 541

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