Aspen Publishing

The Legal Imagination: 45th Anniversary Edition

James Boyd White


  • ISBN: 9781454897125

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  • Description

    Revered for pioneering the law and literature movement, The Legal Imagination celebrates its 45th year of inspiring students and readers around the world. In this special Anniversary Edition, introduced with a new Foreword by author James Boyd White, the original, unabridged text has been carefully reproduced to challenge a new generation of readers to understand the language of the law through the prism of literature. The topics covered in The Legal Imagination are as eclectic as its readership, juxtaposing examples of legal writing alongside poetry, philosophy, and literary criticism. White frames thought-provoking discussions on topics that intersect both legal and non-legal discourse, like reading Edmund Burke’s rhetoric alongside the homicidal persuasion of Lady Macbeth, or comparing elegiac poetry with the terminology of a final will and testament.

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  • Additional Product Details

    Publication Date: 3/2/2018
    Copyright: 2018
    Pages: 986
    Hardcover: 9781454897125

  • Author Information

    James Boyd White

    Boyd White is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. During his teaching career he was the Hart Wright Professor of Law, Professor of English, and adjunct professor of Classics at the University of Michigan. Among his books on law and the humanities are Living Speech, Justice as Translation, and When Words Lose Their Meaning

  • Reviews

    "Professor White offers a vision lawyers need even more today than at the book’s first publication 45 years ago. . . . The Legal Imagination is quite simply a work of art."
    —Linda Edwards, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law

    "Within its pages, a thoughtful teacher walks with us and talks with us and helps us imagine ways of reading, writing, listening and speaking that can win arguments without losing humanity."
    — Gary Watt, School of Law, University of Warwick

    "This wonderful book helped me learn what it means to be a teacher. I have learned to listen more than speak and to focus on helping each student discover their unique gifts and bring them to their work. . . . This book changed my students’ lives and my own."
    — Mark Weisberg, Professor of Law Emeritus, Queen’s University

    "Jim’s philosophy of legal expression has been by far the single greatest influence on my legal thinking, writing, advocacy, and life in the law."
    — Lawrence W. Treece, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLPLaw

    "The Legal Imagination sparked the renaissance of a humanistic approach to law when it was first published. It is as vibrant today as it was in 1973 and its lessons remain invaluable for law students and legal professionals. The book's title is performative: James Boyd White's thought-provoking selection of texts ignites the jurist's imagination, and that is the most important tool to practice law and do justice. This wise book will stimulate new generations of readers to reflect on what really matters in law and life."
    — Jeanne Gaakeer, Professor of Narrative Jurisprudence, Erasmus School of Law; Senior Justice, Court of Appeal, The Hague; Co-founder of the European Network for Law and Literature