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There Will Be Blame: Misfortune and Injustice in 'The Sweet Hereafter'

University of Denver Sports and Entertainment Law Journal, Vol. 5, p. 19, Fall 2008

21 Pages Posted: 10 Feb 2009 Last revised: 16 Feb 2009

Timothy P. O'Neill

John Marshall Law School

Date Written: February 9, 2009

Abstract

This paper compares the two versions of "The Sweet Hereafter": Russell Banks' novel and Atom Egoyan's film. It contends that commentators have been too quick to criticize the lawyer who comes to town offering to represent the parents' interests. It argues that as good as the film is, the novel provides a more nuanced view of the human necessity to assign blame when injustices occur. It draws on the work of Charles Tilly to examine issues of credit and blame that run through both the novel and the film.

Keywords: The Sweet Hereafter, Russell Banks, Atom Egoyan, Charles Tilly, blame, tort, litigators, attorneys, lawyers

Suggested Citation

O'Neill, Timothy P., There Will Be Blame: Misfortune and Injustice in 'The Sweet Hereafter' (February 9, 2009). University of Denver Sports and Entertainment Law Journal, Vol. 5, p. 19, Fall 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1339919

Timothy P. O'Neill (Contact Author)

John Marshall Law School ( email )

315 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60604
United States

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