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The Law and the Humanities website is an attempt to collect and integrate information and techniques that lend themselves to the interdisciplinary study of law and literature, film, television, art, music, drama, history, and other disciplines. It arose out of my concern that "law &"  studies and courses require some organization and philosophical foundation if they are to grow and gain in credibility. In addition to resources, I attempt to provide some guidance, including research tips, to beginning scholars in the area.

A related work is my International Guide to Law and Literature (Buffalo,  NY: W. S. Hein & Co., 2000), updated by New Publications in Law and the Humanities.

The old saw that "law is a seamless web" necessarily requires that this website be continually under construction. To help users find materials of interest I have put in cross-references and links, attempting to use the properties of the World Wide Web that promote ease of research. My intention is not to provide all the information necessary for completion of research projects in this area. It is only to point interested scholars to helpful resources and provide beginning researchers with some examples of how to go about doing research in the area. The best way to find material on this site is to use the search engine provided and then use other search engines to focus www searches. Library catalogs and periodical indexesl, especially those in print, are still the best method for locating reliable and credible primary and secondary sources on any topic. 

I welcome proposed additions, suggestions, comments and corrections.

Christine Corcos


A Definition and Discussion of Law and Literature

Jeanne Gaakeer, Professor, Erasmus University, Rotterdam

(from IVR)


A Short Bibliography on Law and the Humanities in the Curriculum

General Works

Allinson, A. A. and F. E. Hotchin, Mystery and Crime (1968)(14-16: A Reading Guide).

Aristodemou, Maria, Studies in Law and Literature: Directions and Concerns, 22 Anglo-American Law Review 157 (May/June 1993).

Arthurs, Harry W., The Law School in a University Setting, in Legal Education in Canada 167 (Roy J. Matas and Deborah J. McCawley eds., 1987).

Atkinson, Michael, Sherlock Holmes and The Red-Headed League: A Symbolic Paradigm for the Teaching of Plot, 7 College Literature 153 (1980).

Batt, John, Law, Science, and Narrative: Reflections on Brain Science, Electronic Media, Story, and Law Learning, 40 Journal of Legal Education 19 (1990).

Blum, Debra E., Professor Guides His Students Through Literature to Determine How Law Represents Society's Values, 36 Chronicle of Higher Education A11 (November 22, 1989).

Brooker, Gerard T., Lou Organella, Rebecca Godin, Len DeAngelis, and Elizabeth Brockman, Dealing with Sexually Explicit Language or Subject Matter in Literature, 82 (4) English Journal 83 (April 1993).

Chase, Anthony, On Teaching Law and Popular Culture, 3 Focus on Law Studies 1 (1988).

Conn, Stephen, Another View . . . Multicultural Law and Humanities Education: Preparing Young People for a Future of Constructive Pluralism, in Daring to Dream: Law and the Humanities for Elementary Schools 62 (Lynda Carl Falkenstein and Charlotte C. Anderson, eds., Chicago: American Bar Association, 1980).
Conn, Stephen, Reply Paper to "Multicultural Law-Related Education in the Humanities" by Dr. Carlos E. Cortes. Paper presented at the American Bar Association Symposium on Law and the Humanities: A Design for Elementary Law-Related Education, Chicago, May 1978.

Cook, Nancy L., Shakespeare Comes to the Law School Classroom, 68 Denver University Law Review 387 (1991).

Cunningham, Clark D., Learning From Law Students: A Socratic Approach to Law and Literature? 63 University of Cincinnati Law Review 195 (1994).

Part of a Symposium on Law, Literature and the Humanities.

Davenport, William H., A Course in Literature for Law Students, 6 Journal of Legal Education 569 (1954).

D'Errico, Peter, Stephen Arons and Janet Rifkin, Humanistic Legal Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 28 Journal of Legal Educatio 18 (1976).

Dunlop, Charles Richard B., Literature Studies in Law Schools, 3 Cardozo Studies in Law and Literature 63 (1991).

Eisele, Thomas D., Introduction: Conducting Our Educations in Public, 63 University of Cincinnati Law Review 1 (1994). Part of a Symposium on Law, Literature, and the Humanities.

Evans, Richard, Legal Fictions: Lessons From Literature and the Law, 67 Law Institute Journal 1134 (1993).

Felice, Angela, Il "Giallo" a Scuola: I Ragazzi "Detectives", 79 Problemi 192 (1987). Teaching methods.

Flack, Jerry D., Mystery and Detection: Thinking and Problem Solving With the Great Sleuths (1990)(Gifted Treasury Series). How to use detective and mystery stories to teach gifted children.

Freund, Paul A., The Humanities and the Constitution, 3 Humanities 3 (1982)

From Literature, the Inspiration to Give Up Lives of Crime, 143 New York Times B8 (October 6, 1993)(National Edition); 143 New York Times B10 (October 6, 1993)(Long Island Edition).

Gemmette, Elizabeth Villiers, Law and Literature: An Unnecessarily Suspect Class in the Liberal Arts Component of the Law School Curriculum, 23 Valparaiso University Law Review 267 (1989).

Gemmette, Elizabeth Villiers, Law and Literature: Joining the Class Action (1995).

Grosberg, L. M., The Buffalo Creek Disaster: An Effective Supplement To a Conventional Civil Procedure Course, 37 Legal Education 378 (1987).

Harrison, Melissa, A Time of "Passionate Learning": Using Feminism, Law, and Literature To Create a Learning Community, 60 Tennessee Law Review 393 (1993).

Heilbrun, Carolyn G. and Judith A. Resnik, Convergences: Law, Literature, and Feminism, 99 Yale Law Journal 1913 (1990).

Heilbrun was a Columbia University English professor for many years, and writes mysteries under the name Amanda Cross.

Horn, Raymond Carl, Dramatization of Literary Trial Scenes: Mock Trials and Legal Concepts for Secondary School (Dissertation, University of Mississippi, 1993).

Johnson, Carl and Ann Scales, An Absolutely, Positively True Story: Seven Reasons Why We Sing, 16 New Mexico Law Review 433 (1986).

Loesch, Frank J., Is Acquaintance With Legal Novels Essential To a Lawyer? 21 Illinois Law Review 109 (1926), reprinted in 5 Tennessee Law Review 133 (1927) and 60 American Law Review 719 (1926).

Law, Literature, and the Humanities: Panel Discussion, 63 University of Cincinnati Law Review 387 (1994).

Part of a Symposium on Law, Literature and the Humanities. Participants: James Boyd White, Nancy L. Cook, Judy M. Cornett, Clark D. Cunningham, Thomas D. Eisele, Lewis Henry LaRue and David Ray Papke.

Lits, Marc, L'Heure du Soupçon: Didactique et Herméneutique: Propositions pour une Analyse Indicielle du Récit d'Enigme Criminelle en Classe de Français (Dissertation, Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), 1988).

Minow, Martha, Words and the Door to the Land of Change: Law, Language, and Family Violence, 43 Vanderbilt Law Review 1665 (1990).

Osborn, John Jay Jr., UFOs in the Law School Curriculum: The Popularity and Value of Law and Literature Courses, 14 Legal Studies Forum 53 (1990).

Osborn is the author of The Paper Chase and other works.

Quinn, Mary Lou and Eugene P. A. Schleh, Popular Crime in Africa: The Macmillan Education Program, 10 Clues 37 (Fall/Winter 1989).

Radin, Margaret Jane, "After the Final No There Comes a Yes": A Law Teacher's Report, 2 Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities 253 (1990).

Richmond, Michael, The Cultural Milieu of Law, 13 Nova Law Review 89 (1988).

Resnik, Judith, On the Margin: Humanities and Law, 10 Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities 413 (1998).

Rouse, Literature and the Law: An Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts Course, 9 University of Hartford Studies in Literature 83 (1977).

Sarat, Austin, Traditions and Trajectories in Law and Humanities Scholarship, 10 Yale Journal of Law and Humanities 401 (1998).

Smith, Paul, The Political Responsibility of the Teaching of Literatures, 17 College Literature 80 (June/October 1990).

Taylor, Anya, Teaching Ancient Mariner and Christabel to Students of Criminal Justice, in Approaches To Teaching Coleridge's Poetry and Prose 128 (Richard E. Matlak ed., 1991)(Approaches to Teaching; 38).

Teaching About Law in the Liberal Arts, 11 Focus on Law Studies no. 2, Spring 1996

Toplitt, Sheldon C., Teaching the Three L's: Law, Language and Literature, Docket Call, Fall (September 22) 1982, at 17.

Turner, J. Neville, Teaching Law Through Literature, 14 University Queensland Law Journal 61 (1985).

Utah Law-Related Education Project, Teaching Young People About the Law Through Literature: An Annotated Bibliography (Marilou R. Sorenson ed., 1980).

Ward, Ian, The Educative Ambition of Law and Literature, 13 Legal Studies 323 (1993).

On the wider topic of the integration of interdisciplinary and non-traditional courses of study into the law school curriculum see for example

Van Zandt, David E., The Relevance of Social Theory to Legal Theory, 83 Northwestern University Law Review 10 (1989).

Wellington, Harry H., Challenges to Legal Education: The "Two Cultures" Phenomenon, 37 Journal of Legal Education 327 (1987).

White, James Boyd, Teaching Law and Literature, 27 Mosaic 1 (December 1994).

For General Reading

Abraham, Kenneth S., Reading Law and Reading Literature, 3 American Legal Studies Association Newsletter 31 (1976).

Aesthetics vs. Ideology: The Motives Behind "Law and Literature", 14 Columbia-VLA Journal of Law & the Arts 587 (1990).

Axelrod, Allan, Do Humanities Have Anything To Contribute to the Practice of Law? 4 Learning and the Law 38 (1977).

Ayer, John D., The Very Idea of Law and Literature, 85 Michigan Law Review 895 (1987).

Barker, C. M., Lawyers and Literature, 16 Law Student Helper 43 (1908).

Bates, Frank, A Reflection Upon Law and Literature, 28 Chitty's Law Journal 13 (January 1980).

Becker, John E., The Law, the Prophets, and Wisdom: On the Functions of Literature, 37 College English 254 (1975).

The Bench and Literature, 70 Solicitors Journal and Weekly Reporter 994 (1926).

Birkett, L. J., Law and Literature: The Equipment of the Lawyer, 36 American Bar Association Journal 891 (1950).

Blair, Duncan B., Literature for Lawyers: A New Approach to an Old Subject, 53 Alabama Lawyer 271 (July 1992).

Bonsignore, John J., Meta-Law Through Literature, American Legal Studies Association Newsletter, January 1976, at 11.

Camilleri, Marijane, Comment: Lessons in Law From Literature: A Look at the Movement and a Peer at Her Jury, 39 Catholic University Law Review 557 (1990).

Campbell, Allan R., The Law as Treated in Fiction, 14 Green Bag 364 (1902); 113 Law Times 415 (1902).

Fischer, John, Reading Literature/Reading Law: Is There a Literary Jurisprudence? 72 Texas Law Review 135 (1993).

Fodden, Simon, Bodies of Literature, Bodies of Law, 25 Osgoode Hall Law Journal 159 (1987).

Foster, Teree E., But Is It Law? Using Literature To Penetrate Societal Representations of Women, 43 Journal of Legal Education 133 (1993).

Kingwell, Mark, Let's Ask Again: Is Law Like Literature? 6 Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities 317 (1994).

Ko Eng Tian, Lawyers and Literature, 10 Singapore Law Review 39 (1989).

Koffler, Judith S., The Assimilation of Law and Literature: An Approach To Metanoia, American Legal Studies Association Forum, May 1978, at 5.

Koffler, Judith S., Reflections on Detente: Law and Literature, 62 Texas Law Review 1157 (1984).

Law and the Arts (Susan Tiefenbrun ed.; Westport, CT: Greenwood Pres, 1999)(Contributions in Legal Studies; 87).              

Leedes, Gary, Cross-Examining the Narratives of Law and Literature, 40 Journal of Legal Education 195 (1990).

Loesch, Frank J., Is acquaintance with legal novels essential to a lawyer?, 60 American Law Review 719 (1926); 21 Illinois Law Review 109 (1926); 5 Tennessee Law Review 153 (1927).

McKenzie, Robert H., Law and Literature in Antebellum Alabama: Two Case Studies in Applying the Humanities to Public Policy, 22 Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South 302 (Fall 1983).

Pacher, Daniela K., Aesthetics vs. Ideology: The Motives Behind "Law and Literature", 14 Columbia Law Review 587 (1990).

Page, William H., The Ideology of Law and Literature, 68 Boston University Law Review 805 (1988).

Page, William H., The Place of Law and Literature, 39 Vanderbilt Law Review 391 (1986).

Papke, David Ray, Law and Literature: A Comment and Bibliography of Secondary Works, 73 Law Library Journal 421 (1980).

Papke, David Ray, Neo-Marxists, Nietzcheans, and New Critics: The Voices of the Contemporary Law and Literary Discourse, 1985 American Bar Foundation Research Journal 883.

Many other references are available in Christine A. Corcos, An International Guide to Law and Literature Studies (Buffalo, William S. Hein, 2000).


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