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Vol 22 No 9 Sept/Oct 2017

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Envisioning Legality: Law, Culture and Representation

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Edited by: William Macneil, Timothy Peters, Karen Crawley

ISBN13: 9781138123762
To be Published: November 2017
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £95.00

Envisioning Legality: Law, Culture and Representation is a path-breaking collection of some of the world’s leading cultural legal scholars addressing issues of law, representation and the image. Law is constituted in and through the representations that hold us in their thrall, and this book focuses on the ways in which cultural legal representations not only reflect or contribute to an understanding of law, but constitute the very fabric of legality itself. As such, each of these ‘readings’ of cultural texts takes seriously the cultural as a mode of envisioning, constituting and critiquing the law. And the theoretically sophisticated approaches utilised here encompass more than simply an engagement with ‘harmless entertainment’. Rather they enact and undertake specific political and critical engagements with timely issues, such as: the redressing of past wrongs, recognising and combatting structural injustices, and orienting our political communities in relation to uncertain futures. Envisioning Legality thereby presents a cultural legal studies that provides the means for engaging in robust, sustained and in-depth encounters with the nature and role of law in a global, mediated world.

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1. Introduction – Representational Legality: Reading Culture, Thinking Law, William P. MacNeil, Timothy D. Peters, and Dr. Karen Crawley, Lecturer

Part I: The Spectacles of Law
2. Machiavellian Fantasy and the Game of Laws: Rex, Sex and Lex in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, William P. MacNeil
3. Beyond the Limits of the Law: A Christological Reading of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, Timothy D. Peters
4. I, Archive: Envisioning and Programming Digital Legality from SyFy’s Caprica, Kieran Tranter 5. Monstrous Justice and the Weeping Angels, Penny Crofts

Part II: Juridical Spectators
6. Ambivalence and the Spectatorship of Violence: Viewing Inglourious Basterds, Alison Young
7. Trench and Trail: Two Significant Australian Contributions to the Scopic Regime of Sovereignty, Desmond Manderson
8. An American Tragedy: Oprah, James Frey, and the Spectacle of Confession, Karen Crawley

Part III: Scenes of Legality
9. Legal Unconsciousness: Law and Melodrama in the Wake of Terror, Bonnie Honig
10. ‘Grandmother, tell me a story’: tales of cultural life and death in Before Tomorrow, Rebecca Johnson
11. Mephistopheles in Hamsterdam: Carnival and the State of Exception, Edwin Bikundo
12. The Office of Law in The Secrets in Their Eyes, Peter Rush
13. Postscript: Envisioning Legality and Beyond, William P. MacNeil, Timothy D. Peters, Lecturer, and Karen Crawley