PROFESSOR ROBERT SPOO
Chapman Distinguished Chair, University of Tulsa College of Law
“Law, Literature, and Legal Paratexts: How Books try to Regulate Readers”
31 January 2019, 3:30pm in Buchanan Tower 323
What is the nature of the legal paratext, the expressive presence of law in literary and other texts? How do copyrights, manufacturing details, and other bibliographic codes inform our reading of a work – or the statement “all characters are fictitious?” How do such declarations (and others) attempt to regulate the behavior of readers in accordance with legal and corporate norms?
Professor Spoo, former editor of the James Joyce Quarterly and a member of the Univ. of Tulsa Dept. of English, now teaches copyright law, contracts, and law and literature at the Univ. of Tulsa College of Law. His books include Without Copyrights: Piracy, Publishing and the Public Doman (2013) and the just published Modernism and the Law (2018). He is co-editor of the new Law & Literature series with Oxford University Press.
Presented by the Department of English Language & Literatures Visiting Speakers Series