Staging the Trials of Modernism: Testimony and the British Modern Literary Consciousness
In Staging the Trials of Modernism, Dale Barleben explores the interactions among literature, cultural studies, and the law through detailed analyses of select British modern writers including Oscar Wilde, Joseph Conrad, Ford Madox Ford, and James Joyce. By tracing the relationships between the literature, authors, media, and judicial procedure of the time, Barleben illuminates the somewhat macabre element of modern British trial process, which still enacts and re-enacts itself throughout contemporary judicial systems of the British Commonwealth.
Using little seen legal documents, like Ford's contempt trial decision, Staging the Trials of Modernism uncovers the conversations between the interior style of British Modern authors and the ways in which law began rethinking concepts like intent and the subconscious. Barleben’s fresh insights offer a nuanced look into the ways in which law influences literary production.
- World Rights
- Page Count: 184 pages
- Dimensions: 6.5in x 0.5in x 9.0in
"I admire Dale Barleben’s erudite, thoughtful, and balanced scholarship. His sensitive and sharp close readings of the major figures and key trials under examination provide a wealth of information for the reader."
Robert Weisberg, Edwin E. Huddleson Jr Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
Author InformationDale Barleben is Assistant Professor of Law and Literature at John Jay College, City University of New York
Table of contentsAcknowledgements
Introduction – Turning and Turning: The Gyres of Modern Law, Culture and the Interiority of the Civil Subject
Chapter 1 – Legal Reforms, the Blackmailer’s Charter and Oscar Wilde’s Trials: The Legal Stage of Modernism
Chapter 2 – Law’s Empire Writes Back: Legal Positivism and Literary Rejoinder in Wilde and Conrad
Chapter 3 – High Modernist Challenges to Legal Authority in Ford and Joyce
Chapter 4 – Conclusion: Manufacturing Individual Identity
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