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The Law in Fiction: Law and the Brontes

March 13, 2013

By Joe Parsio, Head of Access Services

This is the second post in a series regarding the many Biddle Law Library resources pertaining to law and fiction. See the first post here



In Law and the Brontes, Ian Ward, Professor of Law at Newcastle University, UK, argues that our present comprehension is founded on past experience. If we want to know how a particular law works today, we need to know how that law was shaped –and the history of how the law was shaped includes the language and culture of the time. The Brontes wrote a great deal about domestic abuse and marriage, and Ward argues that in doing so they did much to shape contemporary and later attitudes to these issues. 

Also, check out Margaret Valentine Turano’s article, “Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, and the Marital Property Law.” 21 Harvard Women’s Law Journal 179 (1998). 

Tune in again in the following weeks to learn more about law and fiction!