Manhood in American Law and Literature - "Unmanly Men"

The University of Chicago Law School’s Manhood in American Law and Literature conference, which took place on February 17th and 18th, 2012, brought together a number of distinguished thinkers from a variety of fields to discuss issues of sexuality and law within the context of literary works. The conference was organized by Professors Eric Slauter, Alison LaCroix, and Martha Nussbaum, in the  hope that it would catalyze thinking about significant issues of sexuality and the law in American society.

This panel, recorded on February 18, 2012, featured:

  • Chair: Todd Henderson
  • David Halperin: Bitch Baskets: Sex Roles and Gay Male Femininity
  • Martha Nussbaum: Jewish Men, Jewish Lawyers: Roth’s Eli, the Fanatic and the Question of Jewish Masculinity in American Law
  • Saul Levmore: Informants, Barn Burning, and the Public Interest: Loyalty in Literature, Law, and Manly Endeavors
Participating faculty: 
M. Todd Henderson
Participating faculty: 
Martha C. Nussbaum
Participating faculty: 
Saul Levmore