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Cross-Examinations of Law and Literature: Cooper, Hawthorne, Stowe, and Melville
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Cambridge Univ Pr
Publication date June 1, 1987
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780521330817
ISBN-10 0521330815
Dimensions 1 by 6.50 by 9.50 in.
Weight 1.30 lbs.
Original list price $149.99
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: In Cross Examinations of Law and Literature Brook Thomas uses legal thought and legal practice as a lens through which to read some of the important fictions of antebellum America. The lens reflects both ways, and we learn as much about the literature in the context of contemporary legal concerns as we do about the legal ideologies that the fiction subverts or reveals. Successive chapters deal with Cooper's Pioneers and Hawthorne's The House of Seven Gables (property law and the image of the judiciary), Melville's "Benito Cereno" and Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin (slavery), Melville's White Jacket, Pierre and "Bartleby" (worker exploitation or wage slavery), The Confidence-Man (contracts), and finally, "Billy Budd," which examines a number of issues illustrative of the triumph of legal formalism after the Civil War.

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from Cambridge Univ Pr (June 1, 1987)
9780521330817 | details & prices | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $149.99
About: In Cross Examinations of Law and Literature Brook Thomas uses legal thought and legal practice as a lens through which to read some of the important fictions of antebellum America.
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Reprint edition from Cambridge Univ Pr (June 1, 1991); titled "Cross Examinations of Law and Literature: Cooper, Hawthorne, Stowe and Melville"
9780521409704 | details & prices | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.95 lbs | List price $54.99
About: In Cross Examinations of Law and Literature Brook Thomas uses legal thought and legal practice as a lens through which to read some of the important fictions of antebellum America.

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