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Law and Popular Culture - A Course Book

Posted: 2 Aug 2004  

Michael Asimow

Stanford Law School

Shannon Mader

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP


This forthcoming book explores the interface between two subjects of enormous importance to everyone - law and popular culture. It can be used in teaching either undergraduate or graduate courses and raises issues of interest to instructors in film studies, American studies, history, law, and many other disciplines. A teachers' manual is available to assist prospective teachers.

Law and popular culture pervade our lives. Students need to learn a lot more about both of them and how they influence each other. The book bridges the gap between the study of law and popular culture. It will expose students of popular culture to the study of law and law students to the study of popular culture.

Each chapter takes a particular legally themed film or television show, such as Philadelphia or Dead Man Walking, treating it as both a cultural text and a legal text. The book is written in plain English, without theoretical jargon, and it can be taught by anyone who enjoys pop culture and is interested in law.

Keywords: Popular culture, film, television, law and humanities

Suggested Citation

Asimow, Michael and Mader, Shannon, Law and Popular Culture - A Course Book. Michael R. Asimow and Shannon Mader, LAW AND POPULAR CULTURE - A COURSE BOOK, Peter Lang, 2004. Available at SSRN:

Michael R. Asimow (Contact Author)

Stanford Law School ( email )

559 Nathan Abbott Way
Room 241
Stanford, CA 94305-8610
United States
650-723-2431 (Phone)
650-725-0253 (Fax)

Shannon Mader

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP ( email )

1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

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