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Fatal Fictions: Crime and Investigation in Law and Literature

Alison L. LaCroix, Richard H. McAdams, and Martha C. Nussbaum


Writers of fiction have always confronted topics of crime and punishment. This age-old fascination with crime on the part of authors and readers is not surprising, given that criminal justice touches on so many political and psychological themes essential to literature and comes equipped with a trial process that contains its own dramatic structure. This volume explores this profound and enduring literary engagement with crime, investigation, and criminal justice. The collected essays explore three themes that connect the world of law with that of fiction. First, defining and punishing crime i ... More

Keywords: law and literature, law and humanities, crime, criminal law, punishment, novels

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190610784
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190610784.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alison L. LaCroix, editor
University of Chicago

Richard H. McAdams, editor
University of Chicago

Martha C. Nussbaum, editor
University of Chicago

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Part I Criminal Histories

2 Mercy at the Areopagus

Daniel Telech

3 Suborning Perjury

Barry Scott Wimpfheimer

4 A Man for All Treasons

Alison L. LaCroix

6 Cold-Blooded and High-Minded Murder

Richard Strier and Richard H. McAdams

Part II Race and Crime

9 Reconciliation without Anger

Martha C. Nussbaum

Part III Responsibility and Violence

12 Walking Away

Saira Mohamed and Melissa Murray

13 Before the Law

Mark Payne

Part IV Suspicion and Investigation

14 Crime Scenes

Caleb Smith

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