The Death of Law and Literature

14 Pages Posted: 21 May 2009

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Paul J. Heald

University of Illinois College of Law

Date Written: May 20, 2009


Thirty years after the publication of James B. White's iconic THE LEGAL IMAGINATION, Law & Literature scholarship has gained no traction in the practice of law. This essay, prompted by a session of teaching Ariel Dorfman's DEATH AND THE MAIDEN to federal judges, explains why our scholarship has no impact, but fiction itself is very influential.

Keywords: Law and Literature, Dorfman, Death and the Maiden, rhetoric, Fish, White, Weisberg, transitional justice

Suggested Citation

Heald, Paul J., The Death of Law and Literature (May 20, 2009). UGA Legal Studies Research Paper No. 09-006, Available at SSRN: or

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