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Staging the Trials of Modernism

Testimony and the British Modern Literary Consciousness

by (author) Dale Barleben

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Feb 2017
General, Legal History, Criminology, General
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In Staging the Trials of Modernism, Dale Barleben explores the interactions among literature, cultural studies, and the law through detailed analyses of select British modern writers including Oscar Wilde, Joseph Conrad, Ford Madox Ford, and James Joyce. By tracing the relationships between the literature, authors, media, and judicial procedure of the time, Barleben illuminates the somewhat macabre element of modern British trial process, which still enacts and re-enacts itself throughout contemporary judicial systems of the British Commonwealth.


Using little seen legal documents, like Ford's contempt trial decision, Staging the Trials of Modernism uncovers the conversations between the interior style of British Modern authors and the ways in which law began rethinking concepts like intent and the subconscious. Barleben’s fresh insights offer a nuanced look into the ways in which law influences literary production.

About the author

Dale Barleben is Assistant Professor of Law and Literature at John Jay College, City University of New York

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