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(Troubling Confessions: Speaking Guilt in Law and Literature.pdf) The constant call to admit guilt amounts almost to a tyranny of confession today We demand tell all tales in the public dramas of the courtroom the talk shows and in print as well as in the more private spaces of the confessional and the psychoanalyst s office Yet we are also deeply uneasy with the concept how can we tell whether a confession is true What if it has been coerced br br In i Troubling Confessions i Peter Brooks juxtaposes cases from law and literature to explore the kinds of truth we associate with confessions and why we both rely on them and regard them with suspicion For centuries the law has considered confession to be the queen of proofs yet it has also seen a need to regulate confessions and the circumstances under which they are made as evidenced in the continuing debate over the i Miranda i decision Western culture has made confessional speech a prime measure of authenticity seeing it as an expression of selfhood that bears witness to personal truth Yet the urge to confess may be motivated by inextricable layers of shame guilt self loathing the desire to propitiate figures of authority Literature has often understood the problematic nature of confession better than the law as Brooks demonstrates in perceptive readings of legal cases set against works by Rousseau Dostoevsky Joyce and Camus among others br br Mitya in i The Brothers Karamazov i captures the trouble with confessional speech eloquently when he offers his confession with the anguished plea this is a confession handle with care By questioning the truths of confession Peter Brooks challenges us to reconsider how we demand confessions and what we do with themDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, its easy way to streaming Troubling Confessions: Speaking Guilt in Law and Literature books for multiple devices.