How do we read the law and what images of law do we find in literary texts? What happens when literary and legal scholars respectively read and interpret the law in literary texts? And what role does narration play in the cultural understanding of law? In this book lawyers and literary scholars are brought together in a common discussion of texts by Shakespeare, Camus and Katherine Ann Porter and of narrations about human rights. The essays are written by a number of literary and legal scholars. All are pioneers within the law and literature movement respectively in USA. The Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. -- P.  of cover.
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Introduction /Karen-Margrethe Simonsen and Ditlev Tamm Rich, sweet, and tender vs. sour, displeased and upset : two ways of seeing things in 'Noon Wine" /Richard H. Weisberg 'The Bloody Book of Law', some remarks on the interrelation of law, medicine, and the behavioral sciences in William Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice' /Jeanne Gaakeer The menace of Venice, or, reading and performing the law in.of The Merchant of Venice /Leif Dahlberg Killing an Arab = ? on judgments as literature and literature as judgment /Arild Linneberg Law as a tale of identity - and some perspectives on human rights law /Sten Schaumburg-Müller Europe as contested terrain : on European narratives of human rights /Helle Porsdam.