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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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Creating Legal Worlds: Story and Style in a Culture of Argument

ISBN13: 9781442637085
Published: July 2015
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Country of Publication: Canada
Format: Hardback
Price: £28.99

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A legal judgment is first and foremost a story, a narrative of facts about the parties to the case. Creating Legal Worlds is a study of how that narrative operates, and how rhetoric, story, and style function as integral elements of any legal argument.

Through careful analyses of notable cases from Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom, Greig Henderson analyses how the rhetoric of storytelling often carries as much argumentative weight within a judgement as the logic of legal distinctions.

Through their narrative choices, Henderson argues, judges create a normative universe - the world of right and wrong within which they make their judgements - and fashion their own judicial self-images.

Drawing on the work of the law and literature movement, Creating Legal Worlds is a convincing argument for paying close attention to the role of story and style in the creation of judicial decisions.

General Interest, Law and Literature
1. The Cost of Persuasion: Figure, Story, and Eloquence in the Rhetoric of Judicial Discourse
2. Pure and Impure Styles: Formalism and Pragmatism in the Language of Decision Writing
3. The Perils of Analogy: Legal World-Making and Judicial Self Fashioning in Palsgraf v. Long Island Railroad
4. Murder, They Wrote: The Rhetoric of Causation in the Language of the Law
5. Narrative Theory and the Art of Judgment: The Anatomy of a Supreme Court Decision
6. The Look in his Eyes: Rusk v. State, State v. Rusk
7. Rhetoric, Philosophy, and Law Postscript: Rhetoric, Postmodernism, and Scepticism