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66 Mercer L. Rev. 325 (2014-2015)
Hearing Voices: Reading as Listening in Literature, Law, and Theology

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                  Hearing Voices:

           Reading as Listening in

     Literature, Law, and Theology

                    by James Boyd White*

  Jack Sammons has always written from the center. Whether he is
writing about teaching, or the legal profession, or law, or religion, or
music, or baseball, or manners, everything he says comes from the same
mysterious and powerful place: coherent, honest, generous, and sincere,
not at all aggressive, but insistent upon the value and importance of the
inquiry at hand. Jack writes as the whole person he is, with a constant
and deep integrity.
  As we all know, an important part of what Jack has written about is
the world of sound and music, to which he is richly alive. I think
especially of The Law's Melody,1 in which he builds a whole ontology,
and ethics too, on a musical base. For him, the analogy between law
and music leads to a vision of meaning emerging out of mystery, a
process in which we can participate but which we cannot control, and
thus one that constantly calls upon us to live out of the great theological
virtues of hope and faith.
  One of my debts to Jack's work is that I have myself become much
more aware of the world of sound, in contrast to the world of sight. Here
I want to build on what I have learned from Jack over the years. My
remarks are meant as a sort of meditation on sound and hearing in
connection with three fields that are of importance to us both: literature,
law, and theology.
  In particular I want to focus on what I will be calling the voice,
especially on the way we hear voices when we read. My idea, perhaps

  * Hart Wright Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Michigan School of Law.
Amherst College (A.B., 1960); Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (A.M., 1961);
Harvard Law School (LL.B., 1964).
  1. Jack L. Sammons, The Law's Melody, 55 VILL. L. REV. 1143 (2010).


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