Lenguaje, Literatura y Constitución. Novedad bibliográfica

Robert A.

Extended. Beyond Law and Literature

University Press, 2016, 352 pp.


Practice Extendedhelps 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.



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




Robert A.
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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