112: Quasi-Narrative
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September 23, 2016
Is legal writing narrative? How about judgments, appeals, testimony? We talk with Simon Stern about narrative and its techniques and effects, suspense, dicta, authorial purposes, a crazy idea for a novel, mathematical proofs, and more. This show’s links: Simon Stern’s faculty profile and writing Simon Stern, Narrative in the Legal Text: Judicial Opinions and Their Narratives William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England, Book II: Of the Rights of Thing (Simon Stern, ed.); Simon’s introduction to the volume William Brewer and Edward Lichtenstein, Event Schemas, Story Schemas, and Story Grammars About the Paradox of Suspense Jonathan D. Leavitt et al., Story Spoilers Don’t Spoil Stories; Jonathan D. Leavitt et al., The Fluency of Spoilers: Why Giving Away Endings Improves Stories Circles Disturbed: The Interplay of Mathematics and Narrative (Apostolos Doxiadis and Barry Mazur, eds.) (Introduction to the book) Mitchel Lasser, The European Pasteurization of French Law Owen Barfield, This Ever Diverse…