The book explores and links different cultures, disciplines and perspectives, with a much more original and broad approach to the relations between “Justice” and “Literature” than more traditional works focused on “Law” and “Literature” topics. The many contributions from writers, literary critics, and criminal law scholars, build a complex and interdisciplinary path through primary works of Italian and international literature, with the aim of prompting readers’ reflections about core issues related to law, crime, and responsibility. Through the analysis of masterpieces of literature, theatre, music and cinema, this book aims at stimulating a dialogue and debate, as well as the critical ability and the sense of justice, amongst both law professionals and citizens at large. Literature and the other narrative arts are presented here as the key to approach long-standing questions about (amongst other) juridical formalism and equity; law and ethics; responsibility, culpability and forgiveness; rules, legality and how people relate to these concepts; the value of narration as a strategy to resist injustice and to seek justice; and so on. Through this quest for justice in literature and arts, the book proposes a wider cultural and research project which defies traditional formalistic and retributive approaches to criminal law, in order to open new perspectives for restorative and reintegrative strategies.
Titolo tradotto del contributo[Autom. eng. transl.] Justice and literature I
Lingua originaleItalian
EditoreVita e Pensiero
Numero di pagine714
ISBN (stampa)978-88-343-2283-3
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2012


  • criminal law
  • criminologia
  • criminology
  • diritto penale
  • ethics
  • etica
  • filosofia del diritto
  • giustizia
  • justice
  • law and literature
  • letteratura
  • literature
  • theory of law


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