Law and Literature: the Danish Way on a Danish Crime Story

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This article presents an introduction to the field of law and literature in Denmark and a legal and literary reading of one of the Western world’s first crime stories, The Pastor of Vejlbye, written by the Danish writer, Steen Steensen Blicher, in 1829. This is a story that is based on a true case of a possible miscarriage of justice from the 17th Century. The reading focuses on Blicher’s story, the role of the judge, the nature of false confessions, the issue of the death penalty and the whole narrative and diaristic setting that establishes a strong tension between the epic self-explanation of the pastor and the weak and hesitant diaristic prose of the judge.
Original languageEnglish
Book seriesLaw and Literature
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)123-141
Number of pages19
StatePublished - 2017

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