Arts & Humanities

Desmond Manderson: The Trial of Billy Budd

Herman Melville’s story “Billy Budd” contains one of the most famous trial scenes in US literature. It has given rise to a number of conflicting interpretations which relate to the relationship between legality and legitimacy, or between justice and law. Indeed the story contains surprising connections not only to question about law that have concerned writers for thousands of years, but to particular issues of slavery and judgment that were of immediate concern in 19th century America.

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    December 9, 2011 at 2:27 pm