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By Kieran Dolin

Kieran Dolin introduces the interdisciplinary examine of legislation and literature and charts the heritage of the moving family among the 2 disciplines, from the open association among literature and legislation within the sixteenth-century motels of court docket to the fewer noticeable hyperlinks of up to date tradition. each one bankruptcy is organised round a well-known trial or literary-legal come across. The large resonance of such trials illuminates the cultural centrality of legislations, and the social responsiveness of literature. This booklet presents an obtainable advisor to 1 of the main fascinating parts of interdisciplinary scholarship this present day.

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Lest it be thought that such comprehensiveness is restricted to the realm of literature, she shows that in the other case, of Juana Le´ija, a lawyer and a cultural expert were able to place the criminal act in a complex narrative of the accused’s marital history, psychological state and cultural beliefs. 55 32 Eminent domains The genres of legal stories have been a particular interest to these scholars. Much of their work has been directed to demonstrating how certain kinds of stories are favoured by the courts, indeed are woven into the subtext of the law.

They succeeded in this argument before the Appeal Court of Manitoba. Lavalle´e then appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada, the final court of appeal, and the ultimate authority for declaring the law in Canada. Law’s language 37 Justice Wilson’s judgment first tells the story of Lyn Lavalle´e’s relationship with Kevin Rust, and the events of the night of his killing. It then goes on to describe the legal issues about expert evidence raised by the appeal and to examine in detail the reasoning of the lower court.

The historical character of the arguments in these trials and others like Brown v. 60 This is the possibility taken up in narrative jurisprudence. ’61 Indigenous peoples like the Gitksan and Wet’suwet’en peoples of British Columbia have found that the redemptive possibilities of legal narrative are not always fulfilled. Law’s language 33 CONCLUDING EXAMPLES To conclude this chapter, I would like to examine two examples of legal language, the opinion of Lord Goddard CJ approving a jury direction given by Sir Patrick Devlin in the English Court of Criminal Appeal case of Duffy, and that of Madame Justice Bertha Wilson in the Supreme Court of Canada in another criminal appeal case, Lavalle´e.

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