39 Stetson L. Rev. [i] (2009-2010)

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VOLUME 39                         FALL 2009                         NUMBER 1
LAW, LITERATURE, AND FILM
INTRODUCTION                                                  Robert Batey
ARTICLES
Demokratia and Antigone: Before and after Sappho          Ruthann Robson      3
This Article explores democracy, sexuality, gender, and legal practices
using the frameworks of law and literature. Law and Literature as an
enterprise is commonly said to have two distinct strands. One strand
focuses upon an artistic product and elaborates the legal themes within
it. The other strand focuses upon a legal product, such as a notable
United States Supreme Court opinion, and examines its artistry,
including its rhetorical or cinematic qualities. This Article explores both
strands as well as the territory where the two strands meet. This
Article's artistic focus is the mythical and literary figure of Antigone. In
addition to the standard Sophocles' version, this Article explores
Antigone in the works of French playwright Jean Anouilh, Nigerian
playwright F~mi Os6fisan, and South African playwright Athol Fugard.
This Article's legal focus is several cases interpreting the meaning of
mythical and Greek words. A court in Athens Greece decided a claim
about the permissible usage of the term lesbian, the United States
Supreme Court has interpreted the term Olympics, and trademark
litigation has considered the term dyke. The confluence of these two
strands of law and literature involve further explorations of Sappho as a
poet and historical figure, of Derrida's work on democracy and
brotherhood, and of the meaning of sisterhood in feminist and legal
texts.
Anton Chekhov's Home and A Visit to Friends:
The Dichotomy between the Personal
and the Professional, or the Lawyer
Subjectified and Objectified                            James D. Redwood     47
This Article analyzes two of Anton Chekhov's stories, Home and A Visit
to Friends, as they relate to the everyday struggles of the lawyer.
Specifically, the Author addresses the question: what is it exactly that
Anton Chekhov says to the lawyer? In examining this question, this
Article discusses how Home and a Visit to Friends provide examples of
lawyers struggling to accommodate their personal and professional lives
in intriguingly opposite ways. In analyzing Home, the Article explains
how the lawyer reconciles his two opposing selves by shifting from the
impersonal and the professional to the personal and emotional, through
a process of subjectification. In A Visit to Friends, the Author finds
that the lawyer in Chekhov's story harmonizes the two sides of his
character by shedding his subjectified younger self to become more
detached, objective, and professional as he grows older. Ultimately,
the Author points out that while Chekhov does not judge the very
different ways the lawyers in both Home and A Visit to Friends
approach their quest for the elusive real truth of life, Chekhov does
show us that the path to such truth depends on the individual person.
The Article concludes that Chekhov's ability to artfully explain how two
very similar attorneys come to diametrically opposed solutions to the
problem of reconciling the professional and the personal aspects of life,
displays Chekhov's true talent in speaking to the lawyer.

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