From the Odyssey Onwards: Law’s Long and Winding Road

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This article seeks to introduce the Odyssey into the law and literature canon by delineating a continuum leading toward the generative legal narrative presented in the Oresteia, along the course of which the Odyssey is a significant milestone. As will be elaborated, the Odyssey presents a potent contemplation of reckoning, retribution, justice and public order. In the Oresteia, due to the convergence of poetic, performative, and sociopolitical factors, this contemplation evolves into a generative legal narrative. Both of these great works are meaningful stations on law's long and winding road.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-74
Number of pages28
JournalLaw and Literature
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2020

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  • Athena
  • Odyssey
  • Oresteia
  • generative legal narrative
  • literature alongside law

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law


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