Law.Arts.Culture Colloquium: Law and Emotion in BrontŽís Jane Eyre
Feb 12, 2014, 12:30pm-2pm
Professor Shannon O'Byrne
Faculty of Law, University of Alberta
This talk will explore how Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre (1847) can be read as offering literary and cultural context to why contract law historically abhorred emotion. Brontë’s novel, written during some of contract law’s formative years, likewise reflects a wary perspective on emotion, including in its horrific depiction of Bertha and in one of the novel’s overarching lessons. With Bertha’s character offering the Gothic backdrop for raging, out-of-control emotions, Miss Jane Eyre (the feisty, combative, and often angry orphan protagonist) learns that she must choose the authority of legal and moral tenets over the wildness of intense feelings and rebelliousness. Only then does the novel grant Jane a financial fortune and her love-match.
Professor O'Byrne is the 2014 recipient of the Law Society of Alberta’s Distinguished Service Award for Legal Scholarship. She has published and delivered papers on a broad range of public and private law topics, including good faith in contractual performance, recovery of mental distress damages in a breach of contract action, human rights, employment law, disclosure duties, economic justice, and public law theory. Her work has been recognized and cited by courts across the country, including by the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2002, she received the University's highest teaching award, The AC Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
Professor O'Byrne teaches contracts law, corporations law and judicial remedies.
|Location:||2027 Osgoode Hall Law School|