March 6, 2007

Julian Barnes' Arthur and George, and the Law of Evidence

The new issue of International Commentary on Evidence includes three articles dealing with Julian Barnes' new book Arthur and George. See below.

This issue of International Commentary on Evidence features two special articles on Julian Barnes' novel Arthur & George, based on the true story of Arthur Conan Doyle's involvement in the case of George Edalji, an English solicitor wrongfully convicted of horse maiming in 1903. The Edalji case raised questions about the adequacy of remedies for wrongful conviction, and was one of the reasons for creation of the English Court of Criminal Appeal. The two articles on Arthur & George invite us to think about those topics, as well as wrongful convictions and the impact of fiction on the way that we understand evidence.

The Editors "Foreword: Perspectives on Arthur Conan Doyle and Evidence".

D. Michael Risinger "Boxes in Boxes: Julian Barnes, Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes and the Edalji Case".
Douglas Walton and Burkhard Schafer "Arthur, George and the Mystery of the Missing Motive: Towards a Theory of Evidentiary Reasoning about Motives".

Cross posted to The Seamless Web.

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