Osgoode Hall Law Journal

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The need for a law and literature canon has long been contested. Even the classic book by Richard Posner, Law and Literature, engages the question: Although Posner ultimately believes in a canon (having “come to praise Caesar, not to bury him”), he finds any semblance of one currently wanting. Scholars continue to challenge the relevance of literature and literary criticism to a field like law that is sometimes more “science” than art. Regardless of whether “law drives culture or culture drives law,” scholars can at least agree the two relate. If there is anything around which the canon coheres, it is their sense that literature is a cultural form worth unpacking.

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