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Pride and Prejudice and Proof: Quotidian Factfinding and Rules of Evidence

Rosanna Cavallaro

Suffolk University Law School

Hastings Law Journal, Vol. 55, February 2004

Jane Austen's 1813 novel, Pride and Prejudice, allows the reader an extraordinary opportunity to make connections between literary and adjudicatory factfinding by presenting the correspondence at multiple levels. Like many works of fiction, Pride and Prejudice presents narrative "proofs" for the reader's evaluation, but in addition to this, the novel takes as its central theme the evaluative process itself. This paper contends that, at its heart, Pride and Prejudice is about the difficulty of determining truth, and invites the reader to reflect upon how we find facts in our ordinary lives. In so doing, the novel resonates in a number of useful ways with the legal fact-finding process.

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Keywords: Evidence, literature, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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Date posted: January 20, 2007  

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Cavallaro, Rosanna, Pride and Prejudice and Proof: Quotidian Factfinding and Rules of Evidence. Hastings Law Journal, Vol. 55, February 2004. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=956904

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Rosanna Cavallaro (Contact Author)
Suffolk University Law School ( email )
120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108-4977
United States
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