This seminar deals with texts that have played a role in the Law and Literature dialogue. Students should anticipate some changes in the readings which have included short novels (Kafka, The Trial; Melville, Billy Budd; Coetzee, Disgrace, etc.), short stories (by Chekhov, Tolstoy, etc.), plays (The Merchant of Venice and Hamlet by Shakespeare), one long, dense and difficult novel (vol. 1 only of The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil), and commentary on Law and Literature (Posner, etc.).
Students must read the novella Billy Budd by Herman Melville and submit a brief review before the first class. Requirements include regular class attendance and active participation in discussion. Students must write four short papers to be shared with other members of the seminar.