Saturday, February 16, 2013

Law and Humanities in Denmark

Karen-Margrethe Simonsen (ed.)
Law and justice in literature, film and theater: Nordic perspectives
Walter De Gruyter, Berlin/Boston, 2013, 184 pp.
ISBN: 9783110294422

This volume is a Nordic contribution to research on law and humanities. It treats the legal culture of the Nordic countries through intensive analyses of canonical Nordic artworks. Law and justice have always been important issues in Nordic literature, film and theater from the Icelandic sagas through Ludvig Holberg and Henrik Ibsen to Lars Noréns theatre and Lars von Trier's Dogme films of today. This book strives to answer two fundamental questions: Is there a special Nordic justice? And what does the legal and literary/aesthetic culture of the North mean for the concept of law and justice and for the understanding of the interdisciplinary exchange of law and humanities? The concept of law and literature as a research area was originally developed in countries of common law. This book investigates law and humanities from a different legal tradition, and contributes thus both to the discussion of the general and the comparative studies of law and humanities.

Karen-Margrethe Simonsen, Associate Professor Department of Aesthetics and Communication – Section for Comparative Literature. Aarhus University, Denmark

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