Although presumably no one would say that the Constitution offers its readers an experience that cannot be distinguished from reading a poem or a novel, there is nonetheless a sense in which it is a kind of highly imaginative literature in its own right (indeed its nature as law requires that this be so), the reading of which may be informed by our experience of other literary forms. But to say this may be controversial, and the first step toward understanding how such a claim can be made may be to ask what it is we think characterizes imaginative literature in the first place.
Publication Information & Recommended Citation
White, James Boyd. "The Constitution as Literature." In Encyclopedia of the American Constitution, edited by L. W. Levy et al., suppl. 1, 105-7. New York: Macmillan, 1992.