The Oxford Handbook of Law and Humanities

ISBN : 9780190695620

Simon Stern; Maksymilian Del Mar; Bernadette Meyler
896 Pages
171 x 171 mm
Pub date
Dec 2019
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  • Forty-five essays by a distinguished international and interdisciplinary team of contributors
  • The Handbook's creative, authoritative, and theoretically sophisticated discussions provide both a primary reference and a starting point for further research on numerous connections between law and the humanities
  • The first comprehensive reference in the field of law and the humanities, providing a road map to the current state of research for all those working in the discipline

How does materiality matter to legal scholarship? What can affect studies offer to legal scholars? What are the connections among visual studies, art history, and the knowledge and experience of law? What can the disciplines of book history, digital humanities, performance studies, disability studies, and post-colonial studies contribute to contemporary and historical understandings of law? These are only some of the important questions addressed in this wide-ranging collection of law and humanities scholarship.

Collecting 45 new essays by leading international scholars, The Oxford Handbook of Law and Humanities showcases the work of law and humanities across disciplines, addressing methods, concepts and themes, genres, and areas of the law. The essays explore under-researched domains such as comics, videos, police files, form contracts, and paratexts, and shed new light on traditional topics, such as free speech, intellectual property, international law, indigenous peoples, immigration, evidence, and human rights. The Handbook provides an exciting new agenda for scholarship in law and humanities, and will be essential reading for anyone interested in the intersections of law and humanistic inquiry.


Part I Methodologies
1. Materialism and Legal Historiography, From Bachelard to Benjamin
Christopher Tomlins
2. Legal Materiality
Hyo Yoon Kang and Sara Kendall
3. Law, Visual Studies, and Image History
Carolin Behrmann
4. Book History
Henrike Manuwald
5. Digital Humanities
Stephen Robertson
6. Postcolonial Studies
Renisa Mawani
7. Racial Ambiguity Blues: Contemporary Challenges for Racialization Theory in the Twenty-First Century
Camille Gear Rich
8. Disability, Law, and the Humanities: The Rise of Disability Legal Studies
Rabia Belt and Doron Dorfman
9. Psychoanalysis and Law
Tracy McNulty
10. Affect and Empathy Studies
Suzanne Keen
11. Mapping Law and Performance: Reflections on the Dilemmas of an Interdisciplinary Conjunction
Julie Stone Peters
Part II Themes
12. Spacetime in/and Law
Mariana Valverde
13. Boundaries, Walls, Envelopes, Rooms, and Other Spatialities of Law
Timothy Hyde
14. The Sociality of the Platform
Annelise Riles
15. Personhood
John Frow
16. Trauma, Memory, and the Law
Norman W. Spaulding
17. Challenging the Legal Self through Performance
Marett Leiboff
18. Accident
Daniel Williams
19. Facing Justice: Evidence, Legibility and Pensiveness in the Early Modern Imagination
Subha Mukherji
20. The Gap between Fairness and Law: Hamlet and Equity from a Cognitive Perspective
Ellen Spolsky
21. From Eternity to Here: Divine Accommodation and the Lost Language of Law
Nomi M. Stolzenberg
22. Machiavelli's Camillus and the Tension between Leadership and Democracy
John P. McCormick
23. Agonism, Democracy, and Law
Panu Minkkinen
24. An Anti-Liberal Defense of Free Speech: Foundations of Democracy in the Western Philosophical Canon
Eric Heinze
Part III Areas of Law

25. Family Law
Khiara M. Bridges
26. Human Rights
Elizabeth S. Anker
27. Immigration and the Imperial
Sherally Munshi
28. Indigenous Law
Gregory Ablavsky, Sarah Deer, and Justin Richland
29. Property: Changing Formations of Having and Being
Sarah Keenan
30. Intellectual Property's Queer Turn
Andrew Gilden
31. History, Literature, and Authority in International Law
Christopher N. Warren
32. Uncovering Credibility
Julia Simon-Kerr
33. Laws of Sex, Changed
Noa Ben-Asher
34. The Functions of Legal Literature and Case Reporting before and after Stare Decisis
Andrew Benjamin Bricker
Part IV Legal Genres
35. Trials and the Impressionism of Advocacy
Rex Ferguson
36. Maxims
Donald R. Davis, Jr.
37. Responsa
Ari Z. Bryen
38. Legal Treatise
Steven Wilf
39. Legal Codes as Cultural Products
Heikki Pihlajamäki
40. Form Contract
Tal Kastner
41. Legal Paratexts
Robert Spoo
42. Emblems
Valérie Hayaert
43. Video as Text/Archive
Bennett Capers
44. Police Records: An Intermedia Genre
Cristina Vatulescu
45. Comics
Hillary Chute

About the author: 

Edited by Simon Stern, Professor of Law and English, University of Toronto, Edited by Maksymilian Del Mar, Professor of Legal Theory, Queen Mary University of London, and Edited by Bernadette Meyler, Carl and Sheila Spaeth Professor of Law and Professor (by Courtesy) of English, Stanford University
Simon Stern teaches law and English at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on the evolution of legal doctrines and methods in relation to literary and intellectual history. Recent and forthcoming publications include articles and book chapters on legal fictions, obscenity, copyright, criminal fraud, the place of narrative in law, and methodology in legal scholarship. He is co-editor, with Robert Spoo, of the Law and Literature series for Oxford University Press.

Maksymilian Del Mar is Professor of Legal Theory at the School of Law, Queen Mary University of London. His primary research interests lie in legal reasoning and legal education (especially rhetoric, imagination, and emotion), in historical jurisprudence, and in transnational and global legal theory. His monograph,Artefacts of Legal Inquiry: The Value of Imagination in Adjudication is forthcoming with Hart / Bloomsbury in early 2020. He edits the Law in Context series for Cambridge University Press

Bernadette Meyler is Carl and Sheila Spaeth Professor of Law and Professor (by Courtesy) of English at Stanford University. She works on constitutional law and theory, as well as law and the humanities. Her book Theaters of Pardoning (Cornell University Press, 2019) draws on dramatic, political, and legal sources to assess the evolution of the pardon power and its relationship with sovereignty in seventeenth-century England. She is also the co-editor of New Directions in Law and Literature (Oxford University Press, 2017) and many articles in law reviews and peer-reviewed journals.

Gregory Ablavsky is Associate Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. His work on law and relations between Native nations and the United States has appeared in the Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, and Duke Law Journal, and is forthcoming in the Journal of American History. His book Federal Ground: Law, Sovereignty, and Property in the Early U.S. Territories, is under contract with Oxford University Press.

Elizabeth S. Anker teaches in the English Department and Law School at Cornell University. Her books include Fictions of Dignity: Embodying Human Rights in World Literature (Cornell University Press 2012) and the edited collections Critique and Postcritique (with Rita Felski, Duke University Press 2017) and New Directions in Law and Literature (with Bernadette Meyler, Oxford University Press 2017). She edits the book series "Corpus Juris: The Humanities in Politics and Law" (with Cornell University Press) and is currently writing two books, On Paradox: The Claims of Theory and Our Constitutional Metaphors: Law, Culture, and the Management of Crisis.

Carolin Behrmann is leading the international research group "The Nomos of Images: Manifestation and Iconology of Law" at the Institute for Art History, Max-Planck-Institute, in Florence, Italy. After her studies in Tübingen, Bologna, and Berlin she worked and lectured at the Institute of Art and Visual Studies at Humboldt University in Berlin. She completed her PhD in art history with a designated emphasis on legal history. Her book Tyrant and Martyr: Images and the History of Ideas of the Law around 1600 (De Gruyter) analyzes the notion and presence of images in the history of legal ideas with a focus on the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Her scholarship involves the analysis of visual normativity from early modern to contemporary art, as well as the use of images in pedagogical and political contexts.

Rabia Belt is an Associate Professor at Stanford Law School and a Professor of History by Courtesy at Stanford University. She is a legal historian that examines the relationship between people with disabilities and citizenship. She is at work on a book manuscript tentatively titled Disabling Democracy in America: Disability, Citizenship, Suffrage and the Law, 1819-1920. Rabia holds an A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard College, a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, and a Ph.D. in American Culture from the University of Michigan.

Noa Ben-Asher is a Professor of Law at in the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University where she teaches family law, torts, and gender, law & sexuality. Professor Ben-Asher is a graduate of Bar-Ilan University School of Law (LLB) and NYU School of Law (LLM, JSD). She writes about a range of issues at the intersection of law, humanities, and critical theory, including gender, sexuality, jurisprudence, emergency powers, and the culture wars.

Andrew Benjamin Bricker is an Assistant Professor of English Literature in the Department of Literary Studies at Ghent University, in Belgium, and a Senior Fellow at the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography at the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia. His research focuses on the relationship between law and literature, especially during the early modern period and the eighteenth century. He is currently finishing a book about satire and the development of defamation law titled Libel and Lampoon: Satire in the Courts, 1670-1792.

Khiara M. Bridges is a Professor of Law at University of California Berkeley School of Law. Her scholarship concerns race, class, reproductive rights, and the intersection of the three. She is the author of Reproducing Race: An Ethnography of Pregnancy as a Site of Racialization (University of California Press, 2011), The Poverty of Privacy Rights (Stanford University Press, 2017), and Critical Race Theory: A Primer (Foundation Press, 2019).

Ari Z. Bryen is Assistant Professor in the Department of History and the Program in Classical and Mediterranean Studies at Vanderbilt University, and Assistant Professor (by courtesy) in the Vanderbilt Law School.

Bennett Capers is the Stanley A. August Professor at Brooklyn Law School. His academic interests include the relationship between race, gender, culture, and criminal justice, and he is a prolific writer on these topics. His articles and essays have been published or are forthcoming in leadng law reviews, including the California Law Review, Columbia Law Review, Michigan Law Review, NYU Law Review, and the UCLA Law Review. He is an editor of the forthcoming book Critical Race Judgments: Rewritten U.S. Court Opinions on Race and Law (Cambridge University Press).

Hillary Chute is Distinguished Professor of English, and Art + Design, at Northeastern University. Her books include Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics (Columbia University Press, 2010); Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists (University of Chicago Press, 2014); Disaster Drawn: Visual Witness, Comics, and Documentary Form (Harvard University Press, 2016); and Why Comics? From Underground to Everywhere (HarperCollins, 2017). She is also Associate Editor of Art Spiegelman's MetaMaus and co-editor of Comics & Media: A Critical Inquiry Book. She is a columnist writing on comics and graphic novels for the New York Times Book Review.

Donald R. Davis, Jr. is Professor of Sanskrit and Indian Religions and Director of the South Asia Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. His recent publications include (with Patrick Olivelle) Hindu Law: a New History of Dharmasastra (Oxford, 2018) and The Dharma of Business: Commercial Law in Medieval India (Penguin, 2017).

Sarah Deer, a 2014 MacArthur Fellow, is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Currently Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas, Deer is also the Chief Justice for the Prairie Island Indian Community Court of Appeals. Professor Deer has received recognition from the U.S. Department of Justice and the American Bar Association for her work to end violence against Native people.

Doron Dorfman is an Associate Professor at Syracuse University College of Law. He conducts empirical research to explore a variety of issues in disability law and health law. Doron holds a JSD and a JSM from Stanford Law School, a BA in Communications, an LL.B, and an LL.M from the University of Haifa.

Rex Ferguson is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Birmingham (UK). He is the author of Criminal Law and the Modernist Novel (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and has published in journals such as Textual Practice, New Formations, Law and Humanities and Critical Quarterly.

John Frow is Professor of English at the University of Sydney. He is the author of numerous books and articles including Marxism and Literary History (1986), Time and Commodity Culture (1997), Genre (2006/2015), and Character and Person (2014). On Interpretive Conflict will appear in 2019.

Andrew Gilden is Assistant Professor at Willamette University College of Law, where he teaches copyright, internet law, property, and trusts & estates. Professor Gilden writes about a range of issues at the intersection of law, culture, and technology, including intellectual property, gender and sexuality in cyberspace, outsider speech, and the inheritance of digital assets. He holds an AB in Anthropology and Economics from Brown University and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.

Valérie Hayaert is a classicist, historian and humanist researcher of the early modern European tradition. Her particular interest lies in the mens emblematica, the humanist lawyers' invention of woodcut depictions of legal and theological themes, in the tradition of playful seriousness or serio ludere. Her first book 'Mens emblematica' et humanisme juridique was published in 2008. Her subsequent work looked at the aesthetics of justice in courthouses of the early modern period until today. She is currently a Research Associate at the IHEJ (Paris) and a Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg "Law as Culture" at the University of Bonn.

Eric Heinze is Professor of Law and Humanities at Queen Mary University of London. His books include Hate Speech and Democratic Citizenship (Oxford University Press, 2016); The Concept of Injustice (Routledge, 2013); The Logic of Constitutional Rights (Ashgate, 2005); The Logic of Liberal Rights (Routledge, 2003); The Logic of Equality (Ashgate, 2003); Sexual Orientation: A Human Right (Nijhoff, 1995); and Of Innocence and Autonomy: Children, Sex and Human Rights (editor, Ashgate, 2000). His articles include pieces in Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Harvard Human Rights Journal, Modern Law Review, Ratio Juris, Legal Studies, Michigan Journal of International Law, Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, and Journal of Social & Legal Studies.

Timothy Hyde is Associate Professor in Architectural History and Theory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research focuses on political dimensions of architecture from the eighteenth century to the present, with a particular attention to relationships of architecture and law. He is the author of Ugliness and Judgment: On Architecture in the Public Eye (Princeton University Press, 2019) and Constitutional Modernism: Architecture and Civil Society in Cuba, 1933-1959 (University of Minnesota Press, 2012).

Hyo Yoon Kang teaches intellectual property at the University of Kent, Canterbury (UK). She holds a Ph.D. in Law from the European University Institute and a LL.M. and B.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. Her research interests are in knowledge techniques and transmissions, construction of value and valuation practices, notions of novelty and creativity. She co-leads the AHRC Legal Materiality research network (legalmateriality.wordpress.com) with Dr Sara Kendall and is Partner to the ERC research project on Patents as Scientific Information (passim.se).

Tal Kastner is currently Acting Assistant Professor at NYU School of Law. She writes about contract and the intersection of law, culture, and society, among other topics. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Princeton and a J.D. from Yale Law School and has practiced as a transactional attorney.

Suzanne Keen works on narrative empathy. Her work draws on the novel, narrative theory, neuroscience, developmental and social psychology, and cognitive and emotion science. Her books include Thomas Hardy's Brains: Psychology, Neurology, and Hardy's Imagination (2014), Empathy and the Novel (2007), Narrative Form (2003, rev. and expanded 2d ed., 2015), Romances of the Archive in Contemporary British Fiction (2001), and Victorian Renovations of the Novel (1998). Educated at Harvard and Brown Universities, she serves as VPAA and Dean of Faculty at Hamilton College, where she is Professor in the Department of Literature and Creative Writing.

Sarah Keenan is Senior Lecturer in Law at Birkbeck Law School, and co-director of the Centre for Research on Race and Law. Her book Subversive Property: Law and the Production of Spaces of Belonging (Routledge, 2015) engages with legal geography and feminist and critical race theory to offer an empirically grounded conceptualization of property as belonging in space.

Sara Kendall is Senior Lecturer in International Law at the University of Kent, where she also serves as co-director for the Centre for Critical International Law. She completed her PhD at the University of California at Berkeley in the interdisciplinary rhetoric program, followed by a research position in international law at the University of Leiden. She has also taught in political science at the University of Amsterdam. Her research considers the discursive forms and material practices of international law and global governance, and she has published on topics in international criminal law, international humanitarian law, and rule of law interventions.

Marett Leiboff is Associate Professor in the School of Law at the University of Wollongong (Australia). She is a jurisprudent who has been widely recognized for her work in the development of theatrical jurisprudence, based in her non-legal background in theatre studies. This new jurisprudence uses the insights of theatre theory and practice to interrogate what constitutes the formation of careful and considered legal interpreters able to notice when law reaches beyond justice, using history, biography, and different cultural forms to understand what happens when lawyers interpret legal texts, how non-legal experience affects that interpretation, and what this means for legal integrity.

Henrike Manuwald is Professor of Medieval German at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (Germany). Her research covers the literature and the manuscript culture in German-speaking countries in the medieval period. She has a particular interest in the relationship between law and literature, documented, most recently, by a monograph on depictions of the trial of Jesus in medieval narratives (2018). She has also worked on legal images, especially in manuscripts of the Saxon Mirror.

Renisa Mawani is Professor of Sociology and recurring Chair of the Law and Society Program at the University of British Columbia. She works in the fields of critical theory and colonial legal history and has published widely on law, colonialism, and legal geography. She is the author of two books, Colonial Proximities (2009) and Across Oceans of Law (2018). With Iza Hussin, she is co-editor of "The Travels of Law: Indian Ocean Itineraries" published in Law and History Review (2014); with Antoinette Burton, she is co-editor of Animalia: An Anti-Imperial Bestiary of Our Times (under contract with Duke University Press).

John P. McCormick is Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, and author, most recently, of Reading Machiavelli: Scandalous Books, Suspect Engagements and the Virtue of Populist Politics (Princeton University Press, 2018).

Tracy McNulty is Professor and Chair of Comparative Literature at Cornell University. She is the author of The Hostess: Hospitality, Femininity, and the Expropriation of Identity (Minnesota University Press, 2007) and Wrestling with the Angel: Experiments in Symbolic Life (Columbia University Press, 2014). Currently she is completing a manuscript on the unconscious transmission of political acts, tentatively titled Emancipation by Relay: Freud in History. She has written about law in several different contexts, including Mosaic law traditions, law and constraint, sovereign decision, and contributions to legal theory by thinkers including Alain Badiou, Walter Benjamin, Immanuel Kant, and Jacques Lacan.

Panu Minkkinen is Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Helsinki. In addition to themes at the intersection of law and the humanities such as literature and the visual arts, Minkkinen's research interests include the philosophical and historical origins of law in the human sciences as well as law's affiliations with contemporary political theory.

Subha Mukherji was educated in Calcutta, Oxford, and Cambridge. She teaches at the University of Cambridge and is Principal Investigator on the ERC-funded interdisciplinary project Crossroads of Knowledge in Early Modern England: the Place of Literature. She is the author of Law and Representation in Early Modern Drama (Cambridge University Press, 2006), General Editor of the series Crossroads of Knowledge in Early Modern Literature (Palgrave Macmillan), and editor or co-editor of five critical volumes and three forthcoming collections. Most recently, she edited and contributed to Blind Spots of Knowledge in Shakespeare and his World (Medieval Institute Publications, 2019). She is currently writing a monograph on Knowing Encounters in Early Modern Literature.

Sherally Munshi is Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown Law. Her current scholarship examines the relationship between immigration law and white nationalism from postcolonial and comparative perspectives.

Julie Stone Peters is H. Gordon Garbedian Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where she teaches on a range of topics in the humanities, from drama, film, and media to law and culture. Her most recent book is Theatre of the Book: Print, Text, and Performance in Europe 1480-1880. She is currently working on a historical study of legal performance, theatricality, and spectatorship.

Heikki Pihlajamäki is Professor of Comparative Legal History at the University of Helsinki. His research focuses on early modern and contemporary legal history. Pihlajamäki's research is comparative, and he has written on the legal history of Scandinavia, Europe, and Latin America. Thematically, his research comprises historical aspects of procedural, criminal, private, and administrative law, in addition to which he has published on the history of the legal profession, and theory of legal history and comparative law.

Camille Gear Rich is Professor of Law and Sociology at USC Gould School of Law and has been a member of the faculty for eleven years. Her teaching interests include constitutional law, family law, children and the law and the First Amendment. She is the founder and Director of PRISM: The USC Initiative for the Study of Race, Gender, Sexuality and the Law. Rich is most widely known for her research on identity-formation structures in law that shape race, class, gender, and sexuality. Her research integrates feminist legal theory, critical race theory, masculinity studies, and whiteness studies. She is currently working on a book on race relations in the Trump era.

Justin Richland is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California-Irvine and Faculty Fellow at the American Bar Foundation. His publications have appeared in several leading peer-reviewed outlets; he has also authored two books on indigenous law, including Arguing with Tradition: The Language of Law in Hopi Tribal Court. In 2016, he was named a J.S. Guggenheim Fellow and an adjunct curator of North American Anthropology at the Field Museum. He also serves as an Associate Justice on the Hopi Appellate Court.

Annelise Riles is Associate Provost for Global Affairs, Executive Director of the Buffett Institute for Global Studies, and professor of law and anthropology at Northwestern University. Her scholarship spans a variety of areas including human rights, cultural differences, and the regulation of global financial markets. She founded and directs Meridian-180, a multilingual forum for transformative leadership. She received an AB from Princeton University's School of Public and International Affairs, a MSc in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics, a JD from Harvard Law School, and a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge.

Stephen Robertson is Professor of History and Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. He has published extensively on the history of sex crimes in the United States, including Crimes against Children: Legal Culture and Sexual Violence in New York City, 1880-1960 (2005). With collaborators at the University of Sydney, he created Digital Harlem, a spatial analysis of everyday life in the 1920s, which won the American Historical Association's 2010 Rosenzweig Prize for Innovation in Digital History. His current research explores private investigation in the US from the Civil War to World War 2.

Julia Simon-Kerr is Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Her research focuses on how culture and history guide the law's approach to credibility and lying. Professor Simon-Kerr also writes on law and literature, education law, and gender and the law.

Norman W. Spaulding is Nelson Bowman Sweitzer and Marie B. Sweitzer Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. He has published widely in the field of law and humanities, concentrating on the relationship between mass atrocity, collective memory, and legal interpretation.

Ellen Spolsky is Professor Emerita at Bar-Ilan University (Israel). She is a literary theorist who explores the uses of cognitive theories for literary and cultural history. Her books include Gaps in Nature: Literary Interpretation and the Modular Mind (1993), Satisfying Skepticism: Embodied Knowledge in the Early Modern World (2001), Word vs Image: Cognitive Hunger in Shakespeare's England (2007), and The Contracts of Fiction: Cognition, Culture, Community (2015). She has published articles on Shakespeare, and on cognitive literary theory, including the influential "Darwin and Derrida: Cognitive Literary Theory as a Species of Post-Structuralism" (Poetics Today, 23.2, 2002), arguing that both the survival of species and the emergence of sharable verbal meaning depend on fit in context.

Robert Spoo is Chapman Distinguished Professor at the University of Tulsa College of Law. He was formerly Editor of the James Joyce Quarterly and has published extensively on modern authors, law and literature, and copyrights and the public domain. His book Without Copyrights: Piracy, Publishing, and the Public Domain (Oxford University Press, 2013) was praised in The Nation, London Times Literary Supplement, American Historical Review, and other venues. His latest book Modernism and the Law (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018) was supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is coeditor, with Simon Stern, of a Law & Literature series with Oxford University Press.

Nomi M. Stolzenberg is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Yale College. She holds the Nathan and Lilly Shapell Chair in Law at the University of Southern California law school. At USC, she helped to establish the USC Center for Law, History and Culture. She has written many articles on the subjects of law and liberalism and law and religion, and has investigated the related topics of legal fictions and facts on the ground, with a particular interest in legal fictions of paternity and property. Her work traverses the fields of political theory and the history of political thought, feminist theory, law and literature, and law and psychoanalysis.

Christopher Tomlins is Elizabeth Josselyn Boalt Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, and an Affiliated Research Professor of the American Bar Foundation, Chicago. His research concentrates on Anglo-American legal history from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. His most recent books are Searching for Contemporary Legal Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2017), co-edited with Justin Desautels-Stein, and The Oxford Handbook of Legal History (Oxford University Press, 2018), co-edited with Markus Dubber. He is currently at work on a history of Nat Turner and the Turner Rebellion.

Mariana Valverde's most recent books are Chronotopes of Law: Jurisdiction, Scale and Governance (Routledge, 2015) and Michel Foucault (Routledge, 2017). For the past few years her main research focus has been the governance of urban development, especially infrastructure public-private partnerships.

Cristina Vatulescu is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at New York University. Her book, Police Aesthetics: Literature, Film and The Secret Police (Stanford University Press, 2010), a study of the relationships between cultural and policing practices in twentieth century Eastern Europe, won the Heldt Prize and the Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award. She is also co-editor of The Svetlana Boym Reader (Bloomsbury, 2018), and a Perspectives on Europe special issue on "Secrecy" (2014). Her articles have appeared in Law and Literature, diacritics, Comparative Literature, Poetics Today, and the Brooklyn Rail. Cristina is currently working on a project entitled Archival Revolutions: Document, Fiction, Medium.

Christopher N. Warren is Associate Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University. His research spans law and literature, early modern studies, print culture, the history of political thought, and digital humanities. Warren is the author of Literature and the Law of Nations, 1580-1680 (Oxford University Press, 2015), which won the 2016 Roland H. Bainton Prize for Literature. He is a member of the MLA's executive committee for 17th-Century English, and his articles have appeared in journals including Humanity, Law, Culture, and the Humanities, The European Journal of International Law, English Literary Renaissance, and Digital Humanities Quarterly.

Steven Wilf is Anthony J. Smits Professor of Global Commerce at the University of Connecticut School of Law. A scholar of legal history and intellectual property law, he has published an array of books and articles on these subjects including The Law Before the Law (2008), Law's Imagined Republic: Popular Politics and Criminal Justice in Revolutionary America (2010), and Fashioning Global Patent Cultures: Diversity and Harmonization in Historical Perspective (with Graeme Gooday, 2019).

Daniel Williams is an Assistant Professor of Literature at Bard College. He specializes in nineteenth-century British literature and culture, and also works on the literature of contemporary South and Southern Africa. His current book manuscript explores uncertainty as a phenomenon in the nineteenth-century British novel, understood in the context of developments in science, philosophy, and the law. His articles and reviews have appeared, or are forthcoming, in journals including ELH, NOVEL, Studies in the Novel, Victorian Studies, Victorian Literature and Culture, Victorian Poetry, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, Modern Language Notes, Comparative Literary Studies, Genre, Anglia, and Safundi. He is co-editing a special issue of Poetics Today on "Logic and Literary Form."

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