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18:00 - 19:00 20 October 2011
Current Legal Problems Lecture: Criminal Conversations
UCL Law Faculty |
4–8 Endsleigh Gardens | London | WC1H 0EG | United Kingdom
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Professor Ian Ward, Newcastle Law School, Newcastle University, Ian Ward is currently Professor of Law at Newcastle University. He is the author of a number of books and articles in the areas of law, literature and history, including Law and Literature: Possibilities and Perspectives, Shakespeare and the Legal Imagination and more recently Law, Text, Terror, all published by Cambridge University Press. His Law and the Brontes will be published later this year by Palgrave. He is presently writing a book entitled Sex, Crime and the Mid-Victorian Novel, to be published by Hart in 2013.
The interdisciplinary study of law and literature is not new. But it remains, in the opinion of some, controversial. The ‘strategies’ of law and literature are contestable and contested. These strategies, and these contestations, will provide the focus for the first part of this lecture. It will be argued that one of the virtues of ‘law and literature’ scholarship is an inherent facility for nurturing further inter-disciplinary work. In this spirit of evolving inter-disciplinarity, the second part of this lecture will concentrate on the closer relation of law, literature and history. It will proceed by means of a particular study of one relatively familiar genre of English literature, the woman’s novel of the mid-nineteenth century.
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