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Nonprofits and Narrative: Piers Plowman, Anthony Trollope, and Charities Law

By Jill R. Horwitz


What are the narrative possibilities for understanding nonprofit law? Given the porous barriers between nonprofit law and the literature about it, there are many. Here I consider two. First, nonprofit law and nonprofit literature are each enriched and made fully explicable by reference to the other. Nonprofit law has grown in parallel with literature. It may even be that important legal texts, texts about doing and being good, were imported directly from literary sources into law. Second, in writings ranging from sensational journalism to high literature, nonprofit laws and the scandals involving their violations have captured the public imagination for centuries. That nonprofit law deals with human concerns such as faithfulness and the struggle to do good also makes nonprofit literature effective in creating the rich background against which the law can be better understood

Topics: Nonprofits, Charities, Law and literature, Public interest, Nonprofit law, Narrative, Vision of Piers Plowman, Langland (William), Statute of Elizabeth, England, Poems, Warden (the), Trollope (Anthony), St. Cross Hospitals, Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law, Nonprofit Organizations Law, Social Welfare Law
Publisher: University of Michigan Law School Scholarship Repository
Year: 2009
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