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Common Precedents

The Presentness of the Past in Victorian Law and Fiction

Common Precedents( )
Author: Ben-Yishai, Ayelet
ISBN:978-0-19-933311-0
Publication Date:May 2013
Publisher:Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Book Format:Online resource
List Price:USD $97.00
Book Description:

Common Precedents maintains that precedent constitutes a sophisticated and powerful mechanism for managing social and cultural change. Reading major novels by George Eliot, Anthony Trollope, and Wilkie Collins, this analysis of law and literature shows that precedential reasoning enjoyed widespread cultural significance in the nineteenth-century as a means of preserving a sense of common history, values, and interests in the face of a new heterogeneous society. An in-depth analysis of...
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