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The law and the statuesque

Kayman, Martin Andrew ORCID: 2013. The law and the statuesque. Law and Critique 24 (1) , pp. 1-22. 10.1007/s10978-012-9114-9

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Law and literature, an exemplary product of the textual turn in the study of culture, has found itself challenged by the more recent visual turn in critical thought. However, debate hitherto has been largely based on a two-dimensional approach to the visual. By going beyond the metaphor of the ‘legal screen’ in favour of a theory of the ‘statuesque’, this essay adds a new dimension to the way we think about the force of law in culture. Drawing on eighteenth-century and contemporary aesthetic theory, and twentieth- and twenty-first-century public art, the article presents an account of the political aesthetics of law in which a place for the possibility of justice may be made.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
Uncontrolled Keywords: Johann Herder; Law and literature; Legal aesthetics; Richard Serra; Sculpture; Statue; Stele; Trafalgar Square; 7 July Memorial
Publisher: Springer Verlag
ISSN: 0957-8536
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 09:20

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