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The trouble with the double: expressions of disquiet in and around law and literature

Aristodemou, Maria (2007) The trouble with the double: expressions of disquiet in and around law and literature. Law Text Culture 11 , pp. 183-208. ISSN 1322-9060.

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Talking, participating, engaging in the field of law and literature is an activity that causes me a lot of pleasure, indeed too much, even too painful a pleasure that easily tips over into, in one of the words in my title, disquiet, fear and anxiety. It is this anxiety, this extreme, perhaps, as I suggest later, 'illegal', jouissance provoked by the encounter between law and literature that I want to explore. So another title for this paper could be 'The Anxiety of the Double: Expressions of Anxiety' (as I read Pessoa's term 'disquiet') in law and literature. Why anxiety, disquiet, painful, indeed illegal, jouissance? Because I am still wondering, what are we doing in bringing law and literature together? What do we expect or, more precisely, presuppose about each subject, and of ourselves, in conjoining them?

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: From a special edition entitled 'Passages', edited by Andrew Kenyon and Peter Rush.
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): law, literature, psychoanalysis
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Law
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2009 17:10
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:16

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