Ethics of Reading VI, Criminal Cases: Reading Law with Literature

Search & Detection

Wed, 09/30/2015
301 Marx Hall
Event Category: 
Co-sponsored Event

The seminar will study important legal cases in the field of criminal justice alongside some works of literature that appear to deal with the same issues.  Focus on reading legal opinions, especially concerning: guilty minds and guilty acts, detection, evidence, confessions, punishment.  Attention also to the analysis of narrative and rhetoric in both law and literature.


Brewer v. Williams, 430 U.S., 430 U.S. 387

Nix v. Williams, 467 U.S. 431

U.S. v. Feldhacker, 849 F.2d 293

Sherlock Holmes, "The Speckled Band," "The Musgrave Ritual," "Silver Blaze," "The Final Problem," from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes