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Literature and the law
by Joseph Slaughter
About this EXP
Joseph Slaughter, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, explains the bond between literature and law.
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Key point 1
Literature and law are more closely related than many might imagine. For instance, both rely on fictional worlds to create real-world applications.
Key point 2
Law often relies on literary techniques to create legal fictions. For example, corporations have historically been personified as individuals before the law.
Key point 3
In general, understanding literature and literary techniques can help us understand how the law approaches problems.
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