English 166

Special Topics: Law and Literature in the United States

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Session Course Areas
2 Summer 2021 de Stefano, Jason
TWTh 4-6:30 D


This course will introduce students to law and literature studies by exploring the legal and literary culture of the United States from the Declaration of Independence (1776) to Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission (2010). We will focus on issues pertaining to the aesthetics and politics of representation, personhood, private property, and, above all, interpretation. Readings include texts by James Madison, Frederick Douglass, Margaret Fuller, Herman Melville, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, literary theorists Walter Benn Michaels and Barbara Johnson, philosophers Susan Sontag and Hannah Arendt, and others.

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