"William Blackstone: Intersections between Law and Culture" (4-7 April 2013)

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Andrew Bricker, Stanford University
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"William Blackstone: Intersections between Law and Culture"
Andrew Benjamin Bricker, Building 460, Margaret Jacks Hall, Dept. of English, Stanford U., Stanford, CA 94305; E-mail: abricker@stanford.edu

Call for Papers
44th American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting
Cleveland, OH
April 4-7, 2013

One would be hard-pressed to overstate the importance and popularity among both legal and lay readers of William Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765-69), both in the eighteenth century and beyond, and throughout Britain, its empire and America. Nonetheless, Blackstone's other ventures, as a historian, as a literary writer, even as a legal writer, have been largely neglected. Building on the recent renaissance in Blackstone studies—most notably, Wilfrid Prest's biography, William Blackstone: Law and Letters in the Eighteenth Century (2008), his edited collection, Blackstone and his Commentaries: Biography, Law, History (2009), and his edition of Blackstone's correspondence, The Letters of Sir William Blackstone, 1744-1780 (2006)—this panel seeks presentations that address any aspect of Blackstone's career, writings or life. Of particular interest are papers that address broader cultural and social issues—both in their influence on Blackstone, and his influence on their growth and later interpretation—demonstrating the connections between Blackstone, as both a jurist and a thinker, and the larger world of eighteenth-century culture and society.

Abstracts of 250-400 words should be sent to Andrew Bricker (abricker@stanford.edu) by 15 September 2012.