Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Lenguaje, Literatura y Constitución. Novedad bibliográfica



Robert A. Ferguson
Practice Extended. Beyond Law and Literature
Columbia University Press, 2016, 352 pp.
ISBN: 9780231175364

Practice Extended helps general readers navigate the intricacies of legal language and thought, strengthening their grasp on law's relationship to society and culture. The book details how judicial opinions are written, how legal thought and philosophy inform ideas, and how best to appreciate a courtroom novel. With chapters on immigration, eloquence, the Constitution, Ulysses, and mercy, Practice Extended is a far-ranging work on the importance of language in law and the interrelation of law and literature.

 
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Letters in Law
Part I. Literary Components in the Legal Imagination
1. The U.S. Constitution as Literature
2. The Place of Mercy in Legal Discourse
3. Immigration Law: An Answer to Intractability
Part II. The Nature of Judgment
4. Holmes and the Judicial Figure
5. The Opinion as Literary Genre
6. Ulysses in Government Hands
Part III. The Public Uses of Eloquence
7. Lawyer Lincoln: The Making of Eloquence
8. Memorialization and the Spirit of Law
9. Precision in Persuasion
Part IV. When Law Fails
10. The Somers Mutiny and the American Ship of State
11. Invading Panama: Circumstance and the Rule of Law
Coda: How to Read a Courtroom Novel
Notes
Index

 
Robert A. Ferguson is the George Edward Woodberry Professor in Law, Literature, and Criticism at Columbia University. His most recent books are Inferno: An Anatomy of American Punishment; Alone in America: The Stories That Matter; and The Trial In American Life

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