Monday, January 04, 2016

Juicios a la Literatura. Derecho 'de la' Literatura

Ralf Grüttemeier (ed.)
Literary trials: exceptio artis and theories of literature in court
Bloomsbury Academic, New York, 2016.
ISBN: 9781501303173

From the 19th century onwards, famous literary trials have caught the attention of readers, academics and the public at large. Indeed it is striking that more often than not, it was the texts of renowned writers that were dealt with by the courts, as for example Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary and Charles Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal in France, James Joyce's Ulysses and Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer in the US, D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover in Great-Britain, up to the more recent trials on Klaus Mann's Mephisto and Maxim Biller's novel Esra in Germany.By bringing together international leading experts, Literary Trials represents the first step towards a systematic discussion of literary trials on a global scale. Beginning by first reassessing some of the most famous of these trials, it then analyses less well-known but significant literary trials. Special attention is paid to recent developments in the relationship between literature and judicature, pointing towards an increasing role for libel and defamation in the societal demarcation of what literature is, and is not, allowed to do

-- Literary trials as mirrors : an introduction / Ralf Grüttemeier
-- The legal responsibility of the writer between objectivity and subjectivity: the French case (19th-21st century) / Gisèle Sapiro
-- The making of the 1959 Obscene Publications Act: trials and debates on literary obscenity in Britain before the case of Lady Chatterley / Anton Kirchhofer
-- Law and the literary field in South Africa, 1910-2010 / Ted Laros
-- De Sade as a benchmark: Dutch legal actions against obscenity in literature, theatre and film in the 1960s and 70s / Klaus Beekman
-- Freedom of satire?: Oskar Panizza's play Das Liebeskonzil in a series of trials in Germany and Austria / Claudia Lieb
-- "Words are no deeds": trials against literature in the Soviet Union / Sylvia Sasse
-- Literature losing legal ground in Germany?: the case of Maxim Biller's esra (2003-2009) / Ralf Grüttemeier
-- Defamation trials in Belgium: the case of Herman Brusselmans's novel Uitgeverij Guggenheimer / Katharina Hupe
-- Libellous literature : Elton John and the perils of close reading / Peter D. McDonald
-- "The law is a ass": obscenity, blasphemy and other literary offences after Lady Chatterley / Martin A. Kayman.

Papers from a conference held 21-22 March 2014 in Oldenburg in North-Western Germany.

Ralf Grüttemeier is Professor and Chair of Dutch Literature in the Faculty of Linguistics and Cultural Studies at Oldenburg University, Germany


Derecho contra Literatura

Esta perspectiva de los estudios en Derecho y Literatura, ligada a problemas de libertad de expresión y censura, se encuentra muy poco explorada en nuestro país, donde de registraron algunos casos no carentes de interés en relación a los criterios decisionales utilizados por los tribunales de justicia para la resolución del conflicto. Hay en todo ello aspectos atinentes a la configuración de relaciones entre Derecho y Moral, y otros como de afección o no de sentimientos religiosos, por ejemplo, que, como he señalado, poseen notable valor teórico y práctico. Esta dimensión sí me parece que se contiene en el ámbito de las intersecciones Derecho y Literatura en tanto que Derecho de la Literatura; al menos con más idoneidad que su limitación a la materia de 'derechos de autor'.
Historiadores y filósofos del Derecho podrán hallar aquí un terreno interdisciplinar idóneo para fecundas colaboraciones. 
Confiemos que así sea.

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