Law and literature : who owns it?

  • Law and literature: that is a sufficiently broad subject to warrant reference to the Fontane character Effy Briest’s "wide field." Indeed, the sites where law and literature encounter each other, where they border on each other, merge, converge, overlap, or where they relate as opposites, even finding themselves as rivals or enemies seem legion. In contrast to the intentions of Effy Briest in that famous novel, my reference to this line is not intended to abort further inquiries; instead I want to chart the field in question with the aim of developing a preliminary typology of the ways in which law and literature have been engaged and have engaged one another. Against the background of this overview, I want to turn to a much smaller field. This small field - a plot of long fallow farmland, to be exact, located between two adjacent, perfectly maintained wheat fields in a fictive Swiss village - will serve as an example or test site for "law and literature" as they emerge in Gottfried Keller’s narrative 'Romeo und Julia auf dem Dorfe', from his mid-nineteenth century collection of novellas 'Die Leute von Seldwyla'. Whether and how the case study of that small field at the centre of Keller’s story can make a case for the larger field of "law and literature" remains to be seen.

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Author:Eva GeulenGND
Parent Title (German):Rechtsanalyse als Kulturforschung / Werner Gephart (Hrsg.), Schriftenreihe des Käte-Hamburger-Kollegs "Recht als Kultur" ; 1
Publisher:Vittorio Klostermann
Place of publication:Frankfurt am Main
Editor:Werner Gephart
Document Type:Part of a Book
Date of Publication (online):2016/11/08
Year of first Publication:2012
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2016/11/11
GND Keyword:Recht <Motiv>; Literatur; Keller, Gottfried; Romeo und Julia auf dem Dorfe; Recht; Besitz <Motiv>
Page Number:15
First Page:309
Last Page:322
Dewey Decimal Classification:8 Literatur / 80 Literatur, Rhetorik, Literaturwissenschaft / 800 Literatur und Rhetorik
8 Literatur / 83 Deutsche und verwandte Literaturen / 830 Literaturen germanischer Sprachen; Deutsche Literatur
Sammlungen:CompaRe | Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft
BDSL-Klassifikation:05.00.00 Deutsche Literaturgeschichte / BDSL-Klassifikation: 05.00.00 Deutsche Literaturgeschichte > 05.11.00 Stoffe. Motive. Themen
15.00.00 19. Jahrhundert / BDSL-Klassifikation: 15.00.00 19. Jahrhundert > 15.15.00 Zu einzelnen Autoren
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht