Graduation Year

Spring 2014

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis



Second Department

Legal Studies

Reader 1

John Peavoy

Reader 2

Mark Golub

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Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird is an iconic classic that inspired many street lawyer novels. Examining John Grisham’s A Time To Kill as a low-culture-imprint of Lee’s novel, the thesis analyzes the convergent and divergent points of rhetorical devices that promote colour-blind liberalism across the two texts seeing as they are published 30 years apart. Both pieces of legal fiction act as a reflection and critique of formal legal institutions and through this reflection, the thesis deals with how the texts reinforce, perpetuate and resist the white dominant ideology through the “progressive” race politics of colorblind liberalism.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.