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Dominions: law, literature and the right to death

Fitzpatrick, Peter (2004) Dominions: law, literature and the right to death. Journal of Law and Society 31 (1), pp. 142-148. ISSN 0263-323X.


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The ‘curious right’ attending modernity and revealed in Blanchot’s ‘Literature And the Right to Death’ could be readily reduced to that sovereign right to take life which ultimately subordinates law. Yet, so the argument runs, with that same curious right law surpasses sovereignty. And it does so by way of its similarity to literature. What will uncover that surpassing by law, and by literature, will be a pervasive concern with death as the horizon of the law.

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School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Law
Depositing User: Sandra Plummer
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2007
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:33

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