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Empty Justice: One Hundred Years of Law Literature & Philosophy

ISBN13: 9781859416143
ISBN: 1859416144
Published: September 2002
Publisher: Routledge-Cavendish
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £57.99

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Utilising literature as a serious source of challenges to questions in philosophy and law,this book provides a fresh perspective not only upon the inculcation of the legal subject, but also upon the relationship between modernism, postmodernism and how such concepts might evolve in the construction of community ethics. The creation and role of the legal subject is just one aspect of jurisprudential enquiry now attracting much attention. How do moral values act upon the subject? How do moral 'systems' impinge upon the subject - jurist and judged - throughout the 20th century, when religious values are called into question, when 'existential' doubt prevails? To what extent do issues of gender and identity inform these questions? Many sources can provide insights into these issues: this book intends to concentrate upon fiction as just such a resource. However it is not just another law and literature compilation.;Spanning the last century, each chapter will attempt to fulfil four objectives: to identify key texts in relation to a given period; to look for linked legal and philosophical developments from that period; to establish fresh links from these sources regarding concrete doctrinal, or practical legal questions, and finally draw a more general inference about the legal subject and the frequently less evident feminine citizen-subject. Central to this approach will be the consideration of contemporary case law and legal materials as social documents of the relationship between law and the wider community.

Jurisprudence, Law and Literature
The Year 2000- The Empty City: JG Ballard's Super-Cannes and JM Coetzee's Disgrace; The 1890s- The Empty Wood: Tess of the D'Urbervilles Rape, seduction and Provocation: Effacement of Identity at the Fin De Siecle; The Early 20th Century -The Empty Room 'The Subject' - Woolf, Joyce and The Viscountess Rhondda's Claim; The 1940s - The Empty War: Graham Green's The Ministry of Fear and Elizabeth Bowen's The Heat of the Day; The 1960s- The Empty Shell: John Fowles's The French Lieutenant's Woman and iris Murdoch's Bruno's Dream; The 1980s - The Empty Island: JM Coetzee's Foe; Inconclusion; Conclusion