Faculty of Law
University of Toronto
Course List (2014-2015)
Intensive Course: Brecht: A Case Study in Law and Literature (LAW708H1F)
At a Glance
5 LLM/SJD/MSL/NDEGS/SJD U
Monday, October 20, 2014: 4:10 - 6:00
Tuesday, October 21, 2014: 12:30 - 2:00
Wednesday, October 22, 2014: 10:30 - 12:00
Thursday, October 23, 2014: 8:30 - 10:20
Friday, October 24, 2014: 12:30 - 2:00
Monday, October 27, 2014: 12:30 - 2:00
Tuesday, October 28, 2014: 6:10 - 7:30
Wednesday, October 29, 2014: 8:50 - 10:20
Thursday, October 30, 2014: 12:30 - 2:00
Instructor(s): Dr. Bernadette Meyler. Professor of Law and English and Faculty Director of Research at the Cornell Law School
Note: Students may enroll in an intensive course that conflicts with a regular course as an exception to the general rule that students may not take courses which conflict on the timetable. Attendance at intensive courses is mandatory for the duration of the course and takes precedence over regular courses.
The law and literature enterprise has been undergirded by a largely liberal vision of the modern state. This focus has affected both the theoretical conclusions drawn from investigations of law and literature—such as the nature of the relationship between the individual and the law—and the literary texts that have supplied the staples of analysis—from Shakespeare to Dickens. By examining the work of Marxist playwright Bertolt Brecht in conjunction with classic essays on law and literature, this short course will ask what law and literature might look like from other political standpoints. Brecht’s Threepenny Trial (his notes on his lawsuit concerning the film made from his earlier Threepenny Opera), his full-length plays Arturo Ui, Caucasian Chalk Circle, and Galileo, and the Lehrstück (learning play) The Measures Taken, as well as his testimony before the House Committee on Un-American Activities, will be discussed.
Students will be required to write a paper of 2500 to 3000 words. Papers must be delivered to the Records Office by 4:00 p.m. on November 20, 2014. Students graded under the Pre-2012 grading system will be graded on an Honours/Pass/Fail basis. Graduate students will be graded according to the graduate grading scale.
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