Kids Library Home

Welcome to the Kids' Library!

Search for books, movies, music, magazines, and more.

Available items only
Book Cover
Author Henderson, Greig Edward, 1952- author.

Title Creating legal worlds : story and style in a culture of argument / Greig Henderson.

Publication Info. Toronto ; Buffalo ; London : University of Toronto Press, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    340.14 HEN    Available
Description x, 180 pages ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-172) and index.
Contents The cost of persuasion : figure, story, and eloquence in the rhetoric of judicial discourse -- Pure and impure styles : formalism and pragmatism in the language of decision writing -- The perils of analogy: legal world-making and judicial self fashioning in Palsgraf v. Long Island Railroad -- Murder, they wrote : the rhetoric of causation in the language of the law -- Narrative theory and the art of judgment : the anatomy of a Supreme Court decision -- The look in his eyes : Rusk v. State, State v. Rusk -- Rhetoric, philosophy, and law -- Postscript : rhetoric, postmodernism, and skepticism.
Summary "A legal judgment is first and foremost a story, a narrative of facts about the parties to the case. Creating Legal Worlds is a study of how that narrative operates, and how rhetoric, story, and style function as integral elements of any legal argument. Through careful analyses of notable cases from Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom, Greig Henderson analyses how the rhetoric of storytelling often carries as much argumentative weight within a judgement as the logic of legal distinctions. Through their narrative choices, Henderson argues, judges create a normative universe--the world of right and wrong within which they make their judgements--and fashion their own judicial self-images. Drawing on the work of the law and literature movement, Creating Legal Worlds is a convincing argument for paying close attention to the role of story and style in the creation of judicial decisions.""--Jacket.
Subject Law -- Language.
Semantics (Law).
Law and literature.
Forensic oratory.
ISBN 9781442637085 (bound)

Available items only