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Scholars have long been aware of the looming presence of law in medieval English literature, from Christ as a litigious redemptor to Chaucer?s deal-making Host in The Canterbury Tales. Most scholarly work on the subject has been confined either to tracking down representations of legal practices in texts or to examining formal questions relating to legal discourse. In a groundbreaking departure, The Letter of the Law suggests that law and literature should be understood as parallel forms of discourse?at times complementary, at times antagonistic, but always mutually illuminating. Emily Steiner and Candace Barrington maintain that medievalists are uniquely placed to make valuable new contributions to the subject of law and literature, in part because of the inherently interdisciplinary nature of the study of medieval law, inseparable as it was from political theory and theology. The editors bring together medievalists from all over North America to explore the development of vernacular English literature within the context of legal discourse, practice, and conflict. Treating texts as varied as Chaucer?s Knight?s Tale, the fifteenth-century Robin Hood ballads, and William Thorpe?s account of his own heresy trial, the nine never-before-published essays in this volume reveal the intersections of legal and documentary culture with vernacular literary production. They establish that law and English literature were intimately bound up in processes of institutional, linguistic, and social change, and they explain how the specific conditions of medieval law and literature offer useful models in studying later periods. An appendix contains a translation by Andrew Galloway of History or Narration Concerning the Manner and Form of the Miraculous Parliament at Westminster in the Year 1386.
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"Well, clearly, and articulately written, Living Letters of the Law is among the most important books in medieval European history generally, as well as in its particular field."--Edward Peters, author of The First Crusade
Women, Property, and the Letters of the Law in Early Modern England turns to these points of departure for the study of women's legal status and property relationships in the early modern period.
The aim of this book is to present the Australian law of letters of credit and bank guarantees. It inexorably presents overseas literature as well because the subject is by nature international and comparative, and Australian courts readily cite overseas literature, particularly from the United States, England and Canada. Hence the book focuses on the available Australian literature and utilizes some limited overseas authorities which make Australian law whole and the book more understandable. - From the Preface
In 1997, Chief Justice John Roberts provocatively stated in the school discrimination case, Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1, that "the way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race." Letters of the Law presents a multilayered case against this notion of colorblindness in American jurisprudence. Author Sora Han argues that colorblindness is a cultural fantasy, and one that interprets racism as a problem of individual or collective behaviorwhen in fact it is structural and an enduring presence within the law that cannot and should not be ignored. Letters of the Law exposes how colorblindness is an essential psychical structure of modern legal subject-formation, and explores the ensuing dilemma of the representability of race. By analyzing and providing close readings of various Supreme Court cases in which racial justice is at issue before the lawfrom Japanese internment to affirmative action, from slave codes to prisoner rights, from Jim Crow segregation to criminal procedurethis book argues that colorblindness is an essential feature of how the law reproduces itself textually, how people come to understand themselves as legal subjects, and how the imagined community instituted by the rule of law sustains its multiracial identity as a nation. In other words: the law asks us to be colorblind, and the nation falls short or resists. Han argues that this foundational and symbolic back and forth is the cultural practice that defines the American rule of law, which is ultimately problematic in that race is never fully represented in the law.

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