Law & Literature - Lewis


Course Title

Law & Literature



First Assignment

Law & Literature Syllabus

Please visit and link to the "Law-Lit Syllabus" in the left-hand column of the home page.  Check the syllabus for the books we will read this semester, along with other pertinent information about our class.  


For our first class together, we turn to our first readings – a play and a poem. Please read the following for our first class: 

  1.                   Antigone by Sophocles (preferably the David Grene translation); and 


2.                   “Justice Without Passion” by Jane Hirshfield (Professor Lewis will email to class) 


We start our class discussion with Antigone, focusing on the following questions, among others: How can we compare the various understandings and manifestations of law presented or implied in Antigone?  In particular, what is law to Antigone and Creon – how do they understand it, where does it come from, and where does it get its legitimacy and authority? Why do these questions matter to Antigone and Creon and the other characters? 



In a related vein, ask yourself whether it is ever legitimate to ignore, reject or disobey the law? 


  In Antigone, we feel compelled to choose sides. Which side do you choose and why? 


We close class with Jane Hirshfield’s poem, “Justice Without Passion.” Hirshfield’s poem bridges the concerns of Antigone to future readings this semester. 


Feel free to email Professor Lewis ( with any questions or concerns.