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1825 March 17 Lecture

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Department
Humanities
Course
HUMA 1825
Professor
Roger Fisher
Semester
Spring

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1825 March 17 Lecture Bartleby and Bleak House • Both involve courts of Chancery • Both depict ordinary lives disrupted by the law • Both end in homelessness and death • Carstone becomes Bartleby (homeless, a drop-out)? • Bartleby has no back story Scrivener • OED • Now obsolete (“creative destruction” of technological change) • Occupational hazard: “scrivener’s palsy” (and Nipper’s bad back) • “Law hand” The Moral Crux of Classification • Bartleby a story about classification • “To characterize similarities and differences among situations is a key step in legal judgments. That step, however, is not a mechanistic manipulation of essences. Rather, that step always has a moral crux” (Ann Scales) Symbolism • Bartleby’s “hermitage” • A“chancel” in a church often separated by a screen from the congregation What is Difference? • Purposive not descriptive • Difference is based on choices WE make Fi
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