The character of social connection in law and literature : lessons from Bleak House
Watt, Gary. (2009) The character of social connection in law and literature : lessons from Bleak House. International Journal of Law in Context, Vol.5 (No.3). pp. 263-280. ISSN 1744-5523Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1744552309990115
This paper argues that law and society are disconnected in practice, and that this is attributable, in part, to law’s disconnection from the arts and humanities in our schemes of formal education. When we draw out the legal yarn from its cultural fabric, we find that it is remarkably thin. It is especially inadequate to describe the complexity of human interconnection, and even lacks a language to express such commonplace connections as unmarried romantic cohabitation and non-profit clubs. To understand human interconnection and the law’s connection to society, we must read the law ‘in context’ – as being one fabric, one textile, with other literatures – and we must read with an appropriate ethic. To that end, this paper reads the law in the context of Dickens’s Bleak House, which has been called ‘a novel of connections’, and Forster’s Howards End, which exhorts us to ‘connect the prose and the passion’.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law|
|Journal or Publication Title:||International Journal of Law in Context|
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Page Range:||pp. 263-280|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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