"Law as Literature: Interpreting Jewish Law" - Topics in Judaism
- Barry Scott Wimpfheimer - 847 4912618 - Crowe Hall, 1860 Campus Drive, 5-174
- Kresge Centennial Hall 2-370 - TuTh 1:00PM - 2:20PM
- Most of the world's legal cultures constitute their laws not only through an original foundational set of ideas, but through a continual process through which such ideas are augmented or altered, often through interpretation. This course will focus on the law as a matrix of texts and their interpretation. Drawing on readings in hermeneutics, literary theory and legal theory, this course will consider the law as a genre of literature and attempt to understand the variety of ways in which this literature produces meaning. Examples to illustrate these features of legal literature will be drawn from the corpus of Jewish lawa law that has functioned as a non-statist site of cultural meaning for most of its two millennia of operation.
- To gain an appreciation of the complexity of legal meaning
- To understand issues basic to acts of interpretation
- To learn about the history of Jewish law
- Students will be required to participate in class discussion (20%), contribute weekly to an online discussion board (10%), to lead at least one class discussion (10%) and to write two papers (60%).
- Moshe Halbertal, People of the Book (ISBN 0674661125)
Sanford Levinson and Steven Mailloux, Interpreting Law and Literature (ISBN 0810107937)
Overview of class
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