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Thursday, March 20, 2014

A new series of lectures on Law and Literature, in Paris!

This semester a series of meetings on law and literature will take place in Paris at the Centre "Yan Thomas" - EHESS (

The title of the seminar is:

Droit et littérature. La norme entre commandement et récit

It is organized by Emanuele Coccia and Michele Spanò.

All information about the calendar and a detailed description of the topic here.


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  2. This is one of my favourite description of Lady Justice (in literature!)

    THE PRESS of the Spoon River Clarion was wrecked,
    And I was tarred and feathered,
    For publishing this on the day the Anarchists were hanged in Chicago:
    “I saw a beautiful woman with bandaged eyes
    Standing on the steps of a marble temple. 5
    Great multitudes passed in front of her,
    Lifting their faces to her imploringly.
    In her left hand she held a sword.
    She was brandishing the sword,
    Sometimes striking a child, again a laborer, 10
    Again a slinking woman, again a lunatic.
    In her right hand she held a scale;
    Into the scale pieces of gold were tossed
    By those who dodged the strokes of the sword.
    A man in a black gown read from a manuscript: 15
    ‘She is no respecter of persons.’
    Then a youth wearing a red cap
    Leaped to her side and snatched away the bandage.
    And lo, the lashes had been eaten away
    From the oozy eye-lids; 20
    The eye-balls were seared with a milky mucus;
    The madness of a dying soul
    Was written on her face—
    But the multitude saw why she wore the bandage.”
    Edgar Lee Masters (1868–1950) "Spoon River Anthology" 1916
    125. Carl Hamblin