1st Edition

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

By Nan Goodman, Simon Stern Copyright 2017
    394 Pages
    by Routledge

    394 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    List of Figures

    Notes on Contributors


    Part I: Human Kinds


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    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


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    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


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    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


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    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



    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.