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Introduction

Alison L. LaCroix and Martha C. Nussbaum

in Subversion and Sympathy

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199812042
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199315888 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812042.003.0001
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This book offers a collection of chapters on gender, law, and the British novel, written by some of the leading figures in the law-and-literature movement, as well as by some legal leading lights who have not previously written about literature. The volume focuses on issues of gender in the British novel of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, but it has a larger aim: to reinvigorate the law-and-literature movement by displaying a range of ways in which literature and law can illuminate one another, and in which the conversation between them can illuminate deeper human issues with which both disciplines are concerned. This introductory chapter discusses the proliferation of printed material in Britain and its empires in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the rising popularity of novel reading. Next, it addresses the question of why people interested in the law and its history should take an interest in these novels. This is followed by an overview of the subsequent chapters.

Keywords: British law; British novel; gender; literature; novel reading; eighteenth century; nineteenth century

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Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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