Law and Imagination in Troubled Times
A Legal and Literary Discourse
This collection focuses on how troubled times impact upon the law, the body politic, and the complex interrelationship among them. It centres on how they engage in a dialogue with the imagination and literature, thus triggering an emergent (but thus far underdeveloped) field concerning the ‘legal imagination.’
Legal change necessitates a close examination of the historical, cultural, social, and economic variables that promote and affect such change. This requires us to attend to the variety of non-legal variables that percolate throughout the legal system. The collection probes ‘the transatlantic constitution’ and focuses attention on imagination in a common law context that seems to foster imagination as a cultural capability.
The book is divided into four parts. The first part begins with a set of insights into the historical development of legal education in England and concludes with a reflection on the historical transition of England from an absolute monarchy to a republic. The second part of the volume examines the role that imagination plays in the functioning of the courts. The third part focuses on patterns of thought in legal scholarship and detects how legal imagination contributes to the process of producing new legal categories and terminology. The fourth part focuses on patterns of thought in legal scholarship, and looks to the impact of the imagination on legal thinking in the future.
The work provides stimulating reading for those working in the areas of legal philosophy, legal history and law and humanities and law and language.
Table of Contents
Legal Imagination in Trouble Times: An Introduction;
Part One - Imagination, Law, and History: Framing the Future;
The Progress of Legal Education in England;
The Dragon in the Cave: Fleta as a Legal Imagining of Early English Common Law;
The Apotheosis of King Charles I;
Part Two - The Courts and the Legal Imagination;
Pathologies of Imagination and Legitimacy of Judicial Decision Making;
Law and Belief: The Reality of Judicial Interpretation;
Legal Imagination or an Extra-Legal Hoax: On Storytelling, Friends of the Court and Crossing Legal Boundaries in the US Supreme Court;
Part Three - Thought, Stylistics and Discourse;
The French Revolution and the Programmatic Imagination: Hilary Mantel on Law, Politics, and Misery;
Internal Coherence and the Possibility of Judicial Integrity;
Legal Humanism: ‘Stylistic Imagination’ and the Making of Legal Traditions;
Part Four - The Future of the Legal Imagination
Depicting the End of the American Frontier: Some Thoughts on Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove Series;
Coleridge’s Dystopia and the Optics of Law;
Against the Failure of the Legal Imagination. Literary Narratives, Brexit and the Sort of the Anglo-British Constitution;
Richard Mullender is Professor in Law and Legal Theory in Newcastle University Law School (the UK).
Matteo Nicolini is Associate Professor of Public Comparative Law at the Department of Law of the University of Verona (Italy).
Thomas D.C. Bennett is a Lecturer in Law at City, University of London (the UK).
Emilia Mickiewicz is Lecturer in Law at Newcastle University Law School and the SLS jurisprudence stream convenor (the UK).