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"The Analytical Turn in Nineteenth-Century Legal Thought"

"Prescription and Proof in Legal Scholarship"

Legal Fictions and the Legal Imagination




The Oxford Handbook of Law and Humanities (OUP, 2019) (ed. Simon Stern, Bernadette Meyler, and Maksymilian Del Mar)

"Proximate Causation in Legal Historiography," forthcoming in History & Theory (2020)

"Biographical Evidence and the Law of Presumptions," forthcoming in J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists (2020)

“Artistic Copyright and Derivative Rights in Nineteenth-Century England," in Will Slauter  and Marie-Stéphanie Delamaire, eds., Circulation and Control : Art, Copyright, and the Image Revolutions of the Nineteenth Century (Cambridge: OpenBook,  2020)

"Legal Fictions and Legal Fabrication," in Hans Lind, ed., Fictional Discourse and the Law (Routledge, 2020)

"The Legal Imagination in Historical Perspective," in Amalia Amaya and Maksymilian Del Mar, eds.,  Virtue, Emotion, and Imagination in Legal Reasoning(Hart, 2020)

"Defining Obscenity before Hicklin: Corrupting Texts in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries," forthcoming in Sylvia Sasse and Matthias Meindl, eds., Literature on Trial (Matthes & Seitz, 2020)

"Curiosity and Legal Affect in Fulbecke’s A Direction or Preparative to the Study of the Law," in Susan Bandes, Kathryn Temple, Jody Madeira, and Emily Kidd White, eds.,Research Handbook on Law and Emotion (Elgar, 2020)

Entries on The Supposed Daughter; Or, Innocent Impostor (1756); Mary Pilkington, Crimes and Characters: or, The New Foundling (1805); and  Charles Sedley, The Faro Table; Or, The Gambling Mothers (1808) in April London, ed., The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820 (Cambridge UP, 2020)


"Factuality, Evidence and Truth in Factual Narratives in the Law," in Narrative Factuality: A Handbook, ed. Monika Fludernik and Marie-Laure Ryan (de Gruyter, Revisions Series, Oct. 2019), 391-400

"Fanny Hill and the "Laws of Decency": Investigating Obscenity in Eighteenth-Century England," Eighteenth-Century Life 43 (2019): 162-87

"Copyright as a Property Right? Authorial Perspectives in Eighteenth-Century England," 8 U.C.Irvine L. Rev. 461 (2019)


Editor & intro., special issue: "Literary Analysis of Law," 5:2 CAL (Dec. 2018); Introduction:  Literary Analysis of Law: Reorienting the Connections Between Law and Literature

"Literary Analysis of Law," in The Oxford Handbook of Legal History, ed. Markus D. Dubber and Christopher Tomlins (Oxford University Press, 2018), 63-78

"Textual Privacy and Mobile Information," 55 Osgoode Hall J.L. 398 (2018)

"Introduction: Artificial Intelligence, Technology, and the Law," 68:supp. University of Toronto L.J. 1 (2018) (eprint)

"Narrative in the Legal Text: Judicial Opinions and Their Narratives," in Narrative and Metaphor in the Law, ed. Michael Hanne & Robert Weisberg (Cambridge University Press, 2018), 121-39 [pdf]


Co-Editor (with Nan Goodman), The Routledge Research Companion to Law and Humanities in Nineteenth-Century America (Routledge, 2017) [on google books]

"Wilde's Obscenity Effect: Influence and Immorality in The Picture of Dorian Gray," Review of English Studies 68 (2017), 756-72

"The Law,"  in Samuel Richardson in Context, ed. Peter Sabor and Betty Schellenberg (Cambridge University Press, 2017), 231-38 [pdf]

“Narratives of Criminal Procedure from Doyle to Chandler to Burke,” 51 New England Law Review 249

"Legal and Literary Fictions," in New Directions in Law and Literature, ed. Bernadette Meyler & Elizabeth Anker (Oxford University Press, 2017), 313-26 [on google books]

"Margins of Authority: Coke's Institutes and the Epistemology of the String Cite," Law and Humanities 11(1) (2017), 121-36

"A Trust Approach for Sharing Research Reagents"  (with Aled Edwards et al.), Science Translational Medicine 9 (392); DOI:10.1126/scitranslmed.aai9055 (on STM website)

"R. v. Jones (1703): The Origins of the Reasonable Person," in Philip Handler, Henry Mares, & Ian Williams, eds., Landmark Cases in Criminal Law (Hart, 2017), 59-79


Ed. & Intro., William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England, Book II: Of the Rights of Things (The Oxford Edition of Blackstone, Oxford University Press, 2016) (on google books) [an excerpt from the Introduction is here]


"Satirical Authorship and Literary Commerce," in Alessa Johns, ed., Reflections on Sentiment: Essays in Honor of George Starr (University of Delaware Press, 2015), 167-84 (on Google Books)

"Forensic Oratory and the Jury Trial in Nineteenth-Century America," 3 Comparative Legal History 292 (2015)

"Effect and Technique in Legal Aesthetics," 2 Critical Analysis of Law 496 (2015)

"Creating a Public Domain in Eighteenth-Century England," Oxford Handbooks Online in Literature (2015) (on; requires inst'l subscription)

"Blackstone’s Legal Actors: The Passions of a Rational Jurist," in Nancy Johnson, ed., Impassioned Jurisprudence: Law, Literature and Emotion, 1760-1848 (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), 1-19 (on Google Books)

"Legal Fictions and Exclusionary Rules," in Legal Fictions in Theory and Practice, ed. Maksymilian Del Mar & William Twining (Springer, 2015), 157-74 (on Google Books)

Special Issue, "New Historical Jurisprudence & Historical Analysis of Law," co-edited with Markus Dubber, 2:1 CAL (2015)


"William Blackstone: Courtroom Dramatist?" in Wilfrid Prest, ed., Re-Interpreting Blackstone's Commentaries 21 (Hart, 2014) (on Google Books)

"Law and Literature," in Markus D. Dubber and Tatjana Hörnle, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Criminal Law 111 (Oxford University Press, 2014) (on Google Books) (on Oxford Handbooks Online; requires inst'l subscription)

"Blackstone's Criminal Law: Common-Law Harmonization and Legislative Reform," in Markus D. Dubber, ed., Foundational Texts in Modern Criminal Law 61 (Oxford University Press, 2014) (on Google Books)

Special Issue, "Critical Analysis of Law and the New Interdisciplinarity," co-edited with Markus Dubber, 1:1 CAL (2014)


"The Critical Work of Law and Literature," (with Cheryl Suzack & Greig Henderson), introduction to University of Toronto Quarterly 82:4 (Fall 2013), special issue on Law & Literature

Special Issue, "Law and Literature," co-edited with Greig Henderson and Cheryl Suzack, 82:4 University of Toronto Quarterly (Fall 2013)

"The Third-Party Doctrine and the Third Person," 16 New Crim. L. Rev. 364 (2013)

"Copyright Originality and Judicial Originality," 63 U. of Toronto L.J. 385 (2013)

Symposium, "Corporate Personhood and Criminal Liability," co-edited with Markus Dubber,16:2 New Criminal Law Review (Spring 2013)

"Introduction" to Symposium on Contract Boilerplate (with Jennifer Millson) 54 Can. Bus. L.J. 245 (2013)


Speech and Property in David Simple,” 79 ELH: English Lit. Hist. 623 (2012)

'Room for One More': The Metaphorics of Physical Space in the Eighteenth-Century Copyright Debate,” 24 Law and Lit. 113 (2012)

From Author's Right to Property Right," 62 U. Toronto L.J. 29 (2012)


Detecting Doctrines: The Case Method and the Detective Story,” 23 Yale J.L. & Human. 339 (2011)

Legal Remedies for Medical Ghostwriting: Imposing Fraud Liability for Ghostwritten Articles” (with Trudo Lemmens) 8(8) PLoS Med. 1 (2011)

Literary Evidence and Legal Aesthetics” in Austin Sarat, Cathrine Frank, & Matthew Anderson, eds., Teaching Law and Literature 244 (MLA Options for Teaching series) (Modern Language Association, 2011)

Sentimental Frauds,” 36 Law & Soc. Inquiry 83 (2011)

2010 & earlier

Picturing Same-Sex Marriage in the Antebellum United States: The Union of 'Two Most Excellent Men' in Longstreet's 'A Sage Conversation'” (with Timothy Stewart-Winter), 19 J. Hist. Sexuality 197 (2010)

The Case and the Exceptions: Creating Instrumental Texts in Law and Literature” in Pat Rogers & Laura Runge, eds., Producing the Eighteenth-Century Book: Writers and Publishers in England, 1650-1800 95 (University of Delaware Press, 2009)

Copyright, Originality, and the Public Domain in Eighteenth-Century England” in Reginald McGinnis, ed. Originality and Intellectual Property in the French and English Enlightenment 69 (Routledge, 2008) (on Google Books)

John Vile et al., eds., The Encyclopedia of the First Amendment (Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2008) (Entries on:  Thomas Bowdler, The Catcher in the Rye, Fanny Hill, Manual Enterprises v. Day, Memoirs v. Massachusetts, and Ulysses)

Constructive Knowledge, Probable Cause, and Administrative Decision-Making” 82 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1085 (2007)

Catastrophic Threats and the Fourth Amendment” (with Judge Ronald M. Gould), 77 So. Cal. L. Rev. 777 (2004)

Between Local Knowledge and National Politics: Debating Rationales for Jury Nullification after Bushell's Case,” 111 Yale L.J. 1815 (2002)

Tom Jones and the Economies of Copyright.” 9 Eighteenth-Century Fiction 429 (1997)

Edited Books

Co-Editor (with Maksymilian Del Mar & Bernadette Meyler), The Oxford Handbook of Law and Humanities (OUP, 2019)

Co-Editor (with Nan Goodman), The Routledge Research Companion to Law and Humanities in Nineteenth-Century America (Routledge, 2017) [on google books]

Editor, William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England, Book II: Of the Rights of Things (The Oxford Edition of Blackstone, Oxford University Press, 2016)

Co-editor (with Catherine Gallagher), Aphra Behn, Oroonoko: A Bedford Cultural Edition (Bedford Books 2000)

Co-editor (with John Bender), Henry Fielding, Tom Jones (Oxford University Press, World's Classics series, 1996/2008) [on google books]

Chas. L'Epine, The Devil in a Domino (Valancourt Books, 2017)

Dennis Parry, Sea of Glass (Valancourt Books, 2015)

C.H.B. Kitchin, Ten Pollitt Place (Valancourt Books, 2013)



Review of Dana Y. Rabin, Identity, Crime, and Legal Responsibility in Eighteenth-Century England, 5 Law, Cult. & Human. 329-131 (2009) (download)

Review of Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 18 Law & Pol. Bk. Rev. 356-359 (2008) (download) (LPBR website)

Review of Sean Grass, The Self in the Cell:  Narrating the Victorian Prisoner, 38 Studies in the Novel 120-122 (2007) (download)

Review of Jonathan Grossman, The Art of Alibi: English Law Courts and the Novel, 58 Nineteenth-Century Literature 262-264 (2003) (download)

“What Authors Do,” 15 Yale J. L. & Human. 461-479 (2003) (review of Joseph Loewenstein, The Author's Due and Ben Jonson and Possessive Authorship) (download)

Review of Frederick G. Ribble & Anne G. Ribble, Fielding's Library: An Annotated Catalogue, 92 Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 94 (1998)

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