Voice and Silence in Law and Literature (SC)
Section 1, Spring 23
Participants in this short course will explore the legal, literary, and cultural mechanisms that amplify the voices of some speakers, while silencing the voices of others. What are the norms and processes through which legal and literary texts endorse some stories – and their associated justice claims – as true, while discarding others as false? What methodologies – ranging from the legal to the literary to the cultural – may we use to bring into the canon the neglected perspectives of people of color, women, LGBTQ+ folks, and the poor? We’ll explore narrative conventions and cultural norms, as well as legal technologies, that determine whose voices are heard and whose are not. Our texts will be eclectic, including stories, memoirs, poetry, film, music, investigative journalism, legal cases, excerpts from police how-to manuals, and public-welfare assistance forms. The instructors are mindful of the fact that this is a short course and will take pains to assure that the reading assignments are manageable.
Final Type (if any): None
Written Work Product
Written Work Product: During the short course, students will be required to submit 4 short response papers (directly to the instructors, not via EXPO) and to participate actively in class discussions and creative exercises.
Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: No
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes: The instructors discourage – but do not forbid – the use of laptops.
*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No
*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.
**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Jurisprudence and Comparative Law
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Thursday, March 30, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Saturday, April 08, 11:59 PM