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Ben-Yishai, Ayelet
Common precedents : the presentness of the past in Victorian law and fiction / Ayelet Ben-Yishai
Alternate Title Presentness of the past in Victorian law and fiction
New York : Oxford University Press, c2013
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 4th Floor  PR871 .B46 2013    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) English fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism
Stare decisis -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century
Judicial process -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century
Social change in literature
Subject England -- Social conditions -- 19th century
Subject(s) Literature and society -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century
Physical Description xii, 191 p. ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Introduction: common precedents -- Pt. 1. The forms of legal precedent -- Stare decisis and the history of legal precedent -- Law reports: form and function -- Anti-narrativity -- Anti-narrativity and the history of law reporting -- Pt. 2. Precedential forms of fiction -- precedential reasoning: George Eliot's Middlemarch -- Empirical customs: heirlooms and facts in Trollope's Eustace diamonds -- Past perfect: legitimacy and the Woman in white

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