Conference: Gender, Law, and the British Novel
Organized by Martha Nussbaum, Alison LaCroix, and Jane Dailey, this conference is the second in a series of law and literature conferences, the first of which was the successful Shakespeare conference held in the spring of 2009.
This conference focuses on the interplay between law and gender in English literature in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It seeks to explore, through a legal lens, the literary themes generated by gender and gender roles from Henry Fielding to George Bernard Shaw. The conference hopes to imbue a broader understanding of the legal and social philosophies that changed and were changed by the respective roles of women and men in England, encouraging a deeper and more complex appreciation in the fields of both literature and the law. Distinguished writer Sara Paretsky, author of the V.I. Warshawski detective novels, will be a guest speaker.
Following the tradition set by the first law and literature conference, faculty and student actors will perform dramatic scenes from English plays of the era. The conference is co-sponsored by the Center for Gender Studies.
Open to the public. No registration necessary.
Friday, May 14
9:30 a.m. Breakfast
10:00 a.m. Opening Remarks, Location: RM IV
Martha Nussbaum, Alison LaCroix, Jane Dailey, and Dean Michael Schill
10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Student Panel,