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

Obscenity, Pornography, and Speech

Wed, 11/18/2015
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.

Guest:  Amy Adler (NYU Law)


Memoirs v Massachusetts, 383 U.S. 413

Cohen v. California, 403 U.S. 15

Barnes v. Glen Theatre, 501 U.S. 560

City of Eirie v. Pap’s, 529 U.S. 277 

Redrup v. New York, 386 U.S. 767

Miller v. Mitchell, 598 F.3d 139

Cleland, Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure