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Communities, Texts, And Law: Reflections On The Law And Literature Movement, Robin West Jan 1988

Communities, Texts, And Law: Reflections On The Law And Literature Movement, Robin West

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How do we form communities? How might we form better ones? What is the role of law in that process? In a recent series of books and articles, James Boyd White, arguably the modern law and literature movement's founder, has put forward distinctively literary answers to these questions. Perhaps because of the fluidity of the humanities, White's account of the nature of community is not nearly as axiomatic to the law and literature movement as is Posner's depiction of the "individual" to legal economists. Nevertheless, White's conception is increasingly representative of the literary-legalist's world view ...