Law & Literature

Law and literature can seem oppositional, but they are two different methods of accomplishing social change. Law is an important technique that can be used to promote progressive justice. Literature offers a similar opportunity because people are changed by what they read and by what they write, as they can be by all creative arts. Of course, both law and literature can be instruments to preserve the status quo or to promote repression. However, I strive to celebrate their liberatory potential and inter-relationships.



For discussions about my work in law and literature see:

James Elkins, A Poetics – Of and For – Ruthann Robson, 8 N.Y. City L. Rev. 363

Kate Nace Day, A Path to Story(s) Table

Andrea McArdle, Teaching Writing in Clinical, Lawyering, and Legal Writing Courses: Negotiating Professional and Personal Voice, 12 Clinical L. Rev. 501 (2005-2006)

Lynda Hall, Ruthann Robson: Writing Life and Fiction-Theory, 8 N.Y. City L. Rev. 401 (2005).