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John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Course Prefix: LIT                                     Course Number: 315                                    
Course Title: American Literature and the Law
Subject: Literature
Minimum Credits: 3.0                                     Maximum Credits: 3.0                                     Hours per week: 3.0

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

The course will bring together American literary and legal texts in order to examine the ways in which the two can illuminate each other. It will focus on the works of American literature that take law as their central theme; works that include trials or are inspired by famous cases; works that have lawyers as protagonists; and works that address issues of law and justice. Students will also bring methods of literary analysis to bear on the study of important cases or legal decisions in order to understand the rhetoric of law, the unstated assumptions contained in it, and the voices excluded from it.

Prerequisite: ENG 201; and any 200-level LIT course or HJS 250
  
Start Date:    06/30/2013                         End Date: