Going Wild: Law and Literature and Sex

69 Studies in Law, Politics, and Society 11, Special Issue: Feminist Legal Theory

Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 16-03-02

Posted: 22 Mar 2016

See all articles by Susan Frelich Appleton

Susan Frelich Appleton

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law

Susan Ekberg Stiritz

Washington University in St. Louis - George Warren Brown School of Social Work

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

This paper explores four works of contemporary fiction to illuminate formal and informal regulation of sex. The paper’s co-authors frame analysis with the story of their creation of a transdisciplinary course, entitled “Regulating Sex: Historical and Cultural Encounters,” in which students mined literature for social critique, became immersed in the study of law and its limits, and developed increased sensitivity to power, its uses, and abuses. The paper demonstrates the value theoretically and pedagogically of third-wave feminisms, wild zones, and contact zones as analytic constructs and contends that including sex and sexualities in conversations transforms personal experience, education, society, and culture, including law.

Keywords: literature; sex; pleasure; feminisms; transdisciplinary

Suggested Citation

Appleton, Susan Frelich and Stiritz, Susan Ekberg, Going Wild: Law and Literature and Sex (2016). 69 Studies in Law, Politics, and Society 11, Special Issue: Feminist Legal Theory; Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 16-03-02. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2746616

Susan Frelich Appleton (Contact Author)

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law ( email )

Campus Box 1120
St. Louis, MO 63130
United States

Susan Ekberg Stiritz

Washington University in St. Louis - George Warren Brown School of Social Work ( email )

St. Louis, MO 63130
United States
314 422 0944 (Phone)

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