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The Routledge Research Companion to Law and Humanities in Nineteenth-Century America

ISBN 9781032096902
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
394 Pages

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Book Description

Nineteenth-century America witnessed some of the most important and fruitful areas of intersection between the law and humanities, as people began to realize that the law, formerly confined to courts and lawyers, might also find expression in a variety of ostensibly non-legal areas such as painting, poetry, fiction, and sculpture. Bringing together leading researchers from law schools and humanities departments, this Companion touches on regulatory, statutory, and common law in nineteenth-century America and encompasses judges, lawyers, legislators, litigants, and the institutions they inhabited (courts, firms, prisons). It will serve as a reference for specific information on a variety of law- and humanities-related topics as well as a guide to understanding how the two disciplines developed in tandem in the long nineteenth century.

Table of Contents


List of Figures

Notes on Contributors


Part I: Human Kinds


Nan Goodman and Simon Stern

1. Women: Politics, Culture, and the Law

Joyce W. Warren

2. "The Very Idea of a Slave is a Human Being in Bondage"

Jeannine Marie DeLombard

3. The Corporation and the Transformation of American Culture

Aaron Ritzenberg

4. Deviance in Nineteenth-Century American Law and Culture

Tal Kastner

5. Comparative Racialization and American Indian Identity in Nineteenth-Century America

Cheryl Suzack

6. The Legal Person: Tracing the History of a Forensic Fiction

Susanna L. Blumenthal

Part II: A New Archive


Nan Goodman and Simon Stern

7. Law in Nineteenth-Century American Periodicals

Michael H. Hoeflich

8. Spectacular Judgments: Law and Disorder in the Nineteenth-Century

Visual Imagination

Jon Blandford

9. Legal Language: Expansion, Consolidation, Resistance

Robert L. Tsai

10. The Impersonation of Justice: Lynching, Dueling, and

Wildcat Strikes in Nineteenth Century America

Norman W. Spaulding

11. The Somers Mutiny and the American Ship of State

Robert A. Ferguson

Part III: Managing the Human


Nan Goodman and Simon Stern

12. The Emergence of a Right to Privacy

Milette Shamir

13. The Science of Identity

Simon A. Cole

14. The American Prison, 1786-1860

John Cyril Barton

15. How Meetings Won the West

Andrea McDowell

16. A Gatekeeping Nation: Asian Invasion and the Rise of Xenophobic

Immigration Law

Edlie Wong

17. Fictions of Race and Personality: Nineteenth-Century Law and

Mark Twain’s Pudd’nhead Wilson

Trinyan Mariano

Part IV: Affective Relations


Nan Goodman and Simon Stern

18. Civic Capacity and Participatory Citizenship in the Nineteenth Century

United States

Yvonne Pitts

19. "Vital Tissues of the Spirit": Constitutional Emotions in the Antebellum United


Doni Gewirtzman

20. Beyond Belief: Religion, Law and Popular Culture in the "Forgotten Century"

Deborah Whitehead

21. Gothic Stories, Mens Rea, and the American Criminal Law

Laura I. Appleman


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Nan Goodman is Professor of English at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA.

Simon Stern is Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Centre for Innovation Law & Policy at the University of Toronto, Canada.