What Zombies Can Teach Law Students: Popular Text Inclusion in Law and Literature

48 Pages Posted: 28 Jul 2015

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Thomas Simmons

University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law

Date Written: July 1, 2015

Abstract

Although law and literature studies scholars have typically restricted themselves to the study of great (or at least greater) works of traditional literature, the inclusion of lesser texts has distinct advantages to recommend it. Comic books and television series can be subjected to a law and literature approach and zombie texts are particularly rich narratives for the exploration of legal tensions, competing values, and institutions. The Walking Dead as a television and comic book series provides a finely textured setting within which property law, euthanasia, civil commitments, contrasting decision-making paradigms and the value of procedural formalities are assessed and illuminated. This article suggests several opportunities which utilize zombie texts to advance an understanding of the law within the law school curricula including but not limited to law and literature courses.

Keywords: Law and Literature, Popular Culture, Zombie Law, Teaching Methodologies

JEL Classification: K19

Suggested Citation

Simmons, Thomas, What Zombies Can Teach Law Students: Popular Text Inclusion in Law and Literature (July 1, 2015). 66 Mercer Law Review 729 (2015), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2636980

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