Voice and Silence in Law and Literature (SC)

Section 1, Spring 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 0/16
Credits: 1
Days* Date Time Room
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

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.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): None
Description: 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 Work

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.

Graduation Requirements

*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.

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Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Thursday, April 20, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, April 30, 11:59 PM