Reimagining To Kill a Mockingbird
Family, Community, and the Possibility of Equal Justice under Law
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Massachusetts Press
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The essays in this book were first presented at a conference held at Am-herst College on September 23â24, 2011. We are grateful for the gener-ous support provided by Amherst Collegeâs Charles Hamilton Houston Forum on Law and Social Change and by the Dean of the Faculty, Greg Call. We thank Heather Richard for her skilled research assistance and ...
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The year 2012 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the release of To Kill a Mockingbird, the film remake of Harper Leeâs acclaimed novel.1 In tak-ing note of that milestone, this volume looks at the film, a classic and canonical text in legal scholarship, with fresh eyes. The chapters that fol-low revisit and examine Atticus, Scout, and Jem Finch, their community, ...
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To Kill a Mockingbird, the Oscar-winning 1962 movie based on Harper Leeâs novel, is a classic American law film.1 Its central character, Atticus Finch, an iconic citizen-lawyer in a southern town during the Great De-pression, is called on to defend an African American field hand accused of raping a white woman. Indeed some claim that Atticus is popular cultureâs ...
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I believe in justice, but I will defend my mother before justice.To Kill a Mockingbird, the film, is now over fifty years old.1 When I first saw it, around its twentieth anniversary, it seemed quaint, a black-and-white slice of history we had moved well beyond. Atticus Finchâs famous âin our courts, all men are created equalâ closing argument registered not ...
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To Kill a Mockingbird is a film that resists itself. Every temptation toward easy sentimentality and simplistic characterizations of good and evilâeven in the representations of the politics of racial segregation and sexu-alityâis subverted, not just by the carefully rendered dialogue and the narrative, both of which follow closely the main lines of Harper Leeâs ...
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In the classic African American lullaby âHush Little Babyâ the restless child is promised all kinds of wonderful things if she will simply settle down. The promise of a mockingbird is one among a number of proposed offers. It is a good one. The mockingbird is a beautiful aural fixture of the American landscape. It is the bird with countless songs. It mimics other ...
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This essay explores how different depictions of local community are fig-ured and reconfigured in the film version of To Kill a Mockingbird in such a way as to provide a redemptive ritual for reimagining a national commu-nity committed to racial equality. In the film, communities of color, class, neighborhood, and family are unraveled and reconstructed through the ...
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One productive way to examine the hold of To Kill a Mockingbird on the American imagination is to address its place in British culture. Long be-fore globalization rendered the distinction between what was American and what was other increasingly difficult to define, America and Britain had a special relationship through which they produced a mutually con-...
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No cards, no weapons, no property, no rights, no dignity . . . In its very title, To Kill a Mockingbird announces a broad concern with an-imal life, and, more precisely, with the human relationship to animals.1 It is not yet a fully realized statementânot yet a command about how to kill or not to kill, nor a description of where or why one might see such killing ...
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What is an animal? What is human? What is good? What is evil? It might seem that these questions are easily answered in To Kill a Mock-ingbird, even when the bounds are permeable, when such distinctions are most threatened. There is something equivocal in Harper Leeâs assump-tions about human and animal, about the role of reason in making us ...
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Page Count: 208
Illustrations: 8 illus.
Publication Year: 2013