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Discourses of Law


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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.

The original impetus for the series came from the paradoxical merger and confrontation of East and West. Globalization and the internationalization of the rule of law has had many dramatic and often unforeseen and ironic consequences. An understanding of differing legal cultures, particularly different patterns of legal thought, can contribute, often strongly and starkly, to an appreciation if not always a resolution of international legal disputes. The rule of law is tied to social and philosophical underpinnings that the series has sought to excoriate and illuminate.

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Law, Labour and the Humanities: Contemporary European Perspectives

Law, Labour and the Humanities: Contemporary European Perspectives

1st Edition

Tiziano Toracca, Angela Condello
October 30, 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

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

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

Pierre Legendre
November 01, 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...

Masculinity and the Trials of Modern Fiction

Masculinity and the Trials of Modern Fiction

1st Edition

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...

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

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

1st Edition

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....

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

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

1st Edition

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

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

Peter Goodrich, Valérie Hayaert
June 15, 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...

Shakespeare's Curse

Shakespeare's Curse

1st Edition

Bjoern Quiring
June 09, 2015

Conceptualizing the curse as the representation of a foundational, mythical violence that is embedded within juridical discourse, Shakespeare’s Curse pursues a reading of Richard III, King John, and King Lear in order to analyse the persistence of imprecations in the discourses of modernity....

Wickedness and Crime: Laws of Homicide and Malice

Wickedness and Crime: Laws of Homicide and Malice

1st Edition

Penny Crofts
May 22, 2015

The criminal legal system defines and authoritatively enacts the boundaries of permissible and impermissible behaviour, with a focus on that which is prohibited or transgressive. Wickedness and Crime: Laws of Homicide and Malice seeks to expose the ways in which criminal law communicates and...

Shakespeare's Curse: The Aporias of Ritual Exclusion in Early Modern Royal Drama

Shakespeare's Curse: The Aporias of Ritual Exclusion in Early Modern Royal Drama

1st Edition

Björn Quiring
October 30, 2013

Conceptualizing the curse as the representation of a foundational, mythical violence that is embedded within juridical discourse, Shakespeare’s Curse:The Aporias of Ritual Exclusion in Early Modern Royal Drama pursues a reading of Richard III, King John, and King Lear in order to analyse the...

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