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Research Handbook on Law and Literature

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Research Handbook on Law and Literature

9781839102257 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Peter Goodrich, Professor of Law and Director of the Program in Law and Humanities, Cardozo School of Law, New York, US and Visiting Professor, School of Social Science, New York University Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Daniela Gandorfer, Ethics Institute, Northeastern University, US and Cecilia Gebruers, Postdoctoral Fellow, National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Interdisciplinary Institute for Advanced Social Studies, University of San Martin (IDAES-UNSAM), Argentina
Publication Date: 2022 ISBN: 978 1 83910 225 7 Extent: 640 pp
In this original and thought-provoking Research Handbook, an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars, artists, lawyers, judges, and writers offer a range of perspectives on rethinking law by means of literary concepts. Presenting a comprehensive introduction to jurisliterary themes, it destabilises the traditional hierarchy that places law before literature and exposes the literary nature of the legal.

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In this original and thought-provoking Research Handbook, an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars, artists, lawyers, judges, and writers offer a range of perspectives on rethinking law by means of literary concepts. Presenting a comprehensive introduction to jurisliterary themes, it destabilises the traditional hierarchy that places law before literature and exposes the literary nature of the legal.

Chapters explore multiple genres and modes, from travel reviews to graphic novels, from poetics to ghost-writing, from cartography to speculative fiction. Working with diverse methods and areas of inquiry, including enstrangement, colonial entanglements, blockchain narratives, transing and transgression of many kinds, matterphor, aesthetics and epistemology, this Research Handbook provides a systematic application of literary approaches to the reading of law.

Scholars and students of jurisprudence, and those in the humanities with an interest in law and literature, will find this ground-breaking Research Handbook an indispensable guide. It also offers insight to international legal scholars looking for materialist accounts of law, as well as those interested in contemporary challenges to the rule of law.
Critical Acclaim
'The Research Handbook on Law and Literature is a gloriously provocative and satisfyingly comprehensive compendium addressing the ethics of reading. Both law and literature distribute value, materialize universes of cognition, and deliver cultural sensibilities into the realm of the real. That linkage between legality and the fictive is philological at its core: a kaleidoscopic churning of words, symbols, whole languages and ontographies. The chapters in this volume examine that complexly authoritative word-power: the stony edifices of punition, sacrilege, privilege and existence are undressed for their ludic manipulations, artful rotations of viewpoint, elegant wordplay and profoundly poetic constructions. Each distinguished contributor to this Handbook shines extraordinary light upon the responsibilities of that world-making, revealing both law’s aesthetic sensorium, as well as literature’s governing appeal.’
– Patricia J. Williams, Northeastern University, US

‘Since its inception in the late 1980s, the Law & Literature movement has proven to be the most innovative, original, boundaries-shaking research program in contemporary legal theory. This Handbook, gathering grand pioneers and new hotshots, will prove how, to even the most reluctant reader. The sheer level of imagination, virtuosity and rigor of its contributors should put to shame those among us who are not part of the same league – which means: almost everyone.’
– Laurent de Sutter, Vriije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

‘This is an important examination of the complex relations between law and language, esthetic and normativity, sensitivity and narrativity, violence and words, humiliation and justice. The chapters in this highly original Research Handbook bring different voices, from plural geographies and a variety of intellectual traditions. Metaphors, overlapping language games, bodies in pain, promises and utopias: here is a sophisticated and exciting community of ideas, affinities that transcend academic departments and that intervene at the edges of the political and under the skin of infrapolitics.’
– Claudio Martyniuk, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Contributors
Contributors: Gonzalo Sebastián Aguirre, Maria Aristodemou, Rhy Aston, Alejandro Awad, Laura Borchert, Anne Bottomley, Susan Byrne, Elena Cirkovic, Angela Condello, Margaret Davies, Marinos Diamantides, Mike Duncis, Debolina Dutta, Daniela Gandorfer, Adam Gearey, Cecilia Gebruers, Peter Goodrich, Geoff Gordon, Jannice Käll, Bernard Keenan, Christian Alejandro Kessel, María Pía Lara, Marett Leiboff, Andrea Leiter, Elena Loizidou, James Martel, Phillip Mitsis, Nathan Moore, Greta Olson, Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, Serene Richards, Nicole Rogers, Jorge Luis Roggero, Nofar Sheffi, Sabarish Suresh, Tiziano Toracca, Deepak Unnikrishnan, Jesús R. Velasco, Richard Weisberg, Virginia Emilse Zuleta
Contents
Contents:

1 Introduction to Research Handbook on Law and Literature. What is
your power? 1
Daniela Gandorfer

PART I VISIONS AND DECISIONS
2 Premonition 15
Peter Goodrich
3 Ostranenie 28
Jorge Luis Roggero
4 Theatricality 38
Marett Leiboff
5 Perspective 64
James R. Martel

PART II CUTTER ISLANDS
6 Legacies 83
Anne Bottomley
7 Castration 110
Maria Aristodemou
8 Utopia 128
Elena Loizidou
9 Adda 147
Debolina Dutta
10 Cartographies 174
Sabarish Suresh

PART III GOVERNANCE
11 Exhaustion 201
Nathan Moore
12 Oikonomia 223
Marinos Diamantides
13 Wilding 250
Nicole Rogers

PART IV (CIS)TEMS OF THOUGHT
14 Billets 272
Jannice Käll
15 Fury 284
Virginia Emilse Zuleta
16 Hyperbole 296
Elena Cirkovic

PART V TENSE FRAMES
17 Tenses 315
Mikus Duncis and Geoff Gordon
18 Travel 327
Nofar Sheffi
19 Death 339
Bernard Keenan

PART VI NARRATIONS
20 Blocks 351
Andrea Leiter
21 Auto-bio-ethno-graphy 364
Cecilia Gebruers
22 Beoble 373
Deepak Unnikrishnan
23 Transing 378
Greta Olson and Laura Borchert

PART VII MATTERING-FORTH
24 Grounds 401
Rhys Aston and Margaret Davies
25 Slash 419
Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos
26 Ditches 438
Adam Gearey

PART VIII JURISLITERARY HISTORIES
27 Miracles 454
Serene Richards
28 Soul 471
Jesús R. Velasco
29 Ambiguity 483
Susan Byrne

PART IX CROSSING SENSIBILITY
30 Transgression 499
Angela Condello and Tiziano Toracca
31 Transdiscourse 518
Gonzalo Sebastián Aguirre and Christian Alejandro Kessel
32 Trauma 532
Phillip Mitsis

PART X A WORD ON JUSTICE
33 Lessons 552
Richard H. Weisberg
34 Illocutionary 568
María Pía Lara
35 Poetics 580
Alejandro Awad

Index 592
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