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    Is there voice without law? on the road

    Macmillan, Fiona (2015) Is there voice without law? on the road. Pólemos 9 (2), pp. 331-340. ISSN 2035-5262.

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    Using Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic novel, The Road (2006) and its cinematographic transformation of the same name by John Hillcoat (2009), this essay explores the relationship between expressive autonomy and law as a form of political and social organization. The essay attempts to understand what it means to be “without law” and whether such an absence implicates some other organizing principle or concept. For this purpose, comparisons are drawn between Hillcoat’s version of The Road and his subsequent film Lawless (2012). In order to consider the relationship between lawlessness and expressive autonomy, the essay focuses on the significance of the balance between love, hope and fear, which it argues characterises the dystopic world of The Road.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): McCarthy, hillcoat, dystopia, law, lawlessness, expressive autonomy, fear
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Law School
    Research Centres and Institutes: Innovation Management Research, Birkbeck Centre for
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2016 10:43
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:23


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