This article responds in part to Bryan Schwartz's "A Meditation on 'Bartleby'" published in volume 22(3) of this Journal. The author here suggests that the Lawyer narrator of Herman Melville's "Bartleby, the Scrivener" is not transformed by his contact with Bartleby. Rather, the story exemplifies the Lawyer's unchanging reliance on and approval of common-law contract theory in order to identify and deal with societal problems.
Greenfield, Nathan M..
""Plus 'IL' Change, Plus 'IL' Reste Le Meme:" Bartleby's Lawyer and the Common Law."
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