Courting failure: women and the law in twentieth-century literature

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2007

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University of Akron Press

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Abstract

For the past twenty years, the law and literature movement has been gaining ground. More recently, a feminist perspective has enriched the field. With Courting Failure: Women and the Law in Twentieth-Century Literature, Heidi Slettedahl Macpherson adds a compelling voice to the discussion. Courting Failure critically explores the representation of women, fictional and historical, in conflict with the law. Macpherson focuses on the judicial system and the staging of women’s guilt, examining both the female suspect and the female victim in a wide variety of media, including novels like Toni Morrison’s Beloved and Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace, theatrical plays, movies such as I Want to Live! and Legally Blonde, and the television series Ally McBeal. In these texts and others, canonical or popular, Macpherson exposes the court as an arena in which women often fail, or succeed only by subverting the system.

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Book extract kindly used with the permission of the University of Akron Press.

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UoA 57 English Language and Literature, RAE 2008, law, women, literature, women in literature

Citation

Macpherson, H. (2007) Courting Failure: Women and the Law in Twentieth-Century Literature. Akron: University of Akron Press.

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Research Institute