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Discourses of Law


About the Series

This successful and exciting series seeks to publish the most innovative scholarship at the intersection of law, philosophy and social theory. The books published in the series are distinctive by virtue of exploring the boundaries of legal thought. The work that this series seeks to promote is marked most strongly by the drive to open up new perspectives on the relation between law and other disciplines. The series has also been unique in its commitment to international and comparative perspectives upon an increasingly global legal order. Of particular interest in a contemporary context, the series has concentrated upon the introduction and translation of continental traditions of theory and law.

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Law, Literature and the Power of Reading Literalism and Photography in the Nineteenth Century

Law, Literature and the Power of Reading: Literalism and Photography in the Nineteenth Century

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Suneel Mehmi
September 23, 2021

At the intersection of law, literature and history, this book interrogates how a dominant contemporary idea of law emerged out of specific ideas of reading in the nineteenth century. Reading shapes our identities. How we read shapes who we are. Reading also shapes our conceptions of what the law is...

The Cabinet of Imaginary Laws

The Cabinet of Imaginary Laws

1st Edition

Edited By Peter Goodrich, Thanos Zartaloudis
June 29, 2021

Returning to the map of the island of utopia, this book provides a contemporary, inventive, addition to the long history of legal fictions and juristic phantasms. Progressive legal and political thinking has for long lacked a positive, let alone a bold imaginary project, an account of what improved...

Trials of Nature The Infinite Law Court of Milton's Paradise Lost

Trials of Nature: The Infinite Law Court of Milton's Paradise Lost

1st Edition

By Björn Quiring
December 22, 2020

Focusing on John Milton’s Paradise Lost , this book investigates the metaphorical identification of nature with a court of law – an old and persistent trope, haunted by ancient aporias, at the intersection of jurisprudence, philosophy and literature. In an enormous variety of texts, from the Greek ...

Law, Labour and the Humanities Contemporary European Perspectives

Law, Labour and the Humanities: Contemporary European Perspectives

1st Edition

Edited By Tiziano Toracca, Angela Condello
October 29, 2019

The ontology of work and the economics of value underpin the legal institution, with the existence of modern law predicated upon the subject as labourer. In contemporary Europe, labour is more than a mere economic relationship. Indeed, labour occupies a central position in human existence: since ...

On Comics and Legal Aesthetics Multimodality and the Haunted Mask of Knowing

On Comics and Legal Aesthetics: Multimodality and the Haunted Mask of Knowing

1st Edition

By Thomas Giddens
July 25, 2019

What are the implications of comics for law? Tackling this question, On Comics and Legal Aesthetics explores the epistemological dimensions of comics and the way this once-maligned medium can help think about – and reshape – the form of law. Traversing comics, critical, and cultural legal studies, ...

Liberalizing Contracts Nineteenth Century Promises Through Literature, Law and History

Liberalizing Contracts: Nineteenth Century Promises Through Literature, Law and History

1st Edition

By Anat Rosenberg
January 23, 2019

In Liberalizing Contracts Anat Rosenberg examines nineteenth-century liberal thought in England, as developed through, and as it developed, the concept of contract, understood as the formal legal category of binding agreement, and the relations and human practices at which it gestured, most ...

Pierre Legendre Lessons III God in the Mirror A Study of the Institution of Images

Pierre Legendre Lessons III God in the Mirror: A Study of the Institution of Images

1st Edition

By Pierre Legendre
October 31, 2018

In the context of our increasingly global legal order, Pierre Legendre’s God in the Mirror reconsiders the place of law within the division of existing bodies of knowledge. Navigating the texts of Ovid, Augustine, Roman jurists, medieval canon lawyers, Freud, Lacan, the notebooks of Leonardo de ...

A Mosaic of Indigenous Legal Thought Legendary Tales and Other Writings

A Mosaic of Indigenous Legal Thought: Legendary Tales and Other Writings

1st Edition

By C.F. Black
May 11, 2018

This book offers an Indigenous supplement to the rich and growing area of visual legal scholarship. Organized around three narratives, each with an associated politico-poetic reading, the book addresses three major global issues: climate change, the trade in human body parts and bio-policing. ...

Masculinity and the Trials of Modern Fiction

Masculinity and the Trials of Modern Fiction

1st Edition

By Marco Wan
May 11, 2018

How do lawyers, judges and jurors read novels? And what is at stake when literature and law confront each other in the courtroom? Nineteenth-century England and France are remembered for their active legal prosecution of literature, and this book examines the ways in which five novels were ...

Exemplarity and Singularity Thinking through Particulars in Philosophy, Literature, and Law

Exemplarity and Singularity: Thinking through Particulars in Philosophy, Literature, and Law

1st Edition

Edited By Michele Lowrie, Susanne Lüdemann
June 07, 2017

This book pursues a strand in the history of thought – ranging from codified statutes to looser social expectations – that uses particulars, more specifically examples, to produce norms. Much intellectual history takes ancient Greece as a point of departure. But the practice of exemplarity is ...

Law and Enjoyment Power, Pleasure and Psychoanalysis

Law and Enjoyment: Power, Pleasure and Psychoanalysis

1st Edition

By Daniel Hourigan
December 20, 2016

This book advocates, and develops, a critical account of the relationship between law and the largely neglected issue of ‘enjoyment’. Taking popular culture seriously – as a lived and meaningful basis for a wider understanding of law, beyond the strictures of legal institutions and professional ...

Genealogies of Legal Vision

Genealogies of Legal Vision

1st Edition

Edited By Peter Goodrich, Valérie Hayaert
August 06, 2015

It was the classical task of legal rhetoric to make law both seen and understood. These conjoint goals came to be separated and opposed in modernity and a degree of blindness ensued. Legal reason was increasingly deemed to be a purely textual enterprise. Against this constraint and in furtherance ...

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