Impact of Literature on Legal WorldJournal: International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR) (Vol.10, No. 11)
Publication Date: 2021-11-05
Authors : Aparna Sharma;
Page : 130-132
Keywords : Literature; Law; Education; Imaginary; Ethical;
Since the inception of society some basic disciplines were there to provide an impetus to social progress. Field of law and literature both were there, and today also witnessing many modifications as per the need of hour. Law was not considered as an autonomous discipline, but rather something more akin to an art form. Literary allusions and philosophical musings were interspersed with logic in judicial decisions. Literature which is an imaginary version appears to be a totally different stream if compared to law, and moreover these two are criticized for their perceived lack of true interdisciplinary approach. Often it is assumed that connection between law and literature is highly elusive and that this area is characterized by a compare and contrast mentality. Over this, a natural question often comes, ?what literature can say about law?? or ?what can the law learn from literature?? The focus will be to break the myth that literature has nothing to do with law, and to show that how the introduction of some literary works like ?The Merchant of Venice?, ?Justice? etc. and even some poetry could make a change to the perception of readers (future advocates and judges) and can tilt on moral and ethical bent of law field, if introduced as a part of curriculum. These days, students are asked to mug up the case laws and to go for case studies, now the effort is to prove that whether the implementation of this total diverse field of literature, be able to make any change to the existing system of justice. Literature broadens the vision and enlarges the sensitivity of a person, and while exercising discretionary powers it could be used best. Law and literature venture is simply concerned with gleaning and useful information from literary discourse in order to facilitate an innovative reading of the law. The paper is not about any facts and figures or about evidence but about that how far natural justice might not be snatched from victims if the people dealing with their case had studied some literature as the story of next door. It is an effort to avail the benefits of humanities subjects in legal studies, an effort to suggest that a practical means of avoiding the hostile dichotomy between law and literature is to use literature as a teaching tool, integrated into every area of the curriculum.
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