Testimony and Advocacy in Victorian Law, Literature, and Theology

Testimony and Advocacy in Victorian Law, Literature, and Theology

Testimony and Advocacy in Victorian Law, Literature, and Theology

Testimony and Advocacy in Victorian Law, Literature, and Theology

Synopsis

This original and wide-ranging study shows how changing attitudes to evidence, trial and revelation in law and theology had a profound impact on literary narrative in the nineteenth century. Jan-Melissa Schramm, who is both a lawyer and a literary critic, argues that authors of fiction created a style of literary advocacy that both imitated, and reacted against, the example of their story-telling counterparts of the criminal Bar, and traces the ongoing debate over rules of evidence, eye-witness testimony and codes of ethical conduct that helped shape Victorian realism as a narrative form.
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