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    Gothic law

    Moran, Leslie (2001) Gothic law. Griffith Law Review 10 (2), pp. 75-100. ISSN 1038-3441.

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    This paper begins an exploration of the complex interface between law and the Gothic imagination. The Gothic imagination is a system for making sense of experience, as a semantic field of force. By way of two extended examples, the paper explores the ways in which legal discourse generates and is generated by the Gothic imaginary. It open with a preliminary exploration of law themes within Gothic literature. Gothic interest has ranged from the domestic legal tradition in general, the English common law, to a more specific focus on a wide range of locations within law's institutional topography. It then offers an overview of the attributes ascribed to law and its various institutions and practices associated with the Gothic in legal scholarship. The Gothic offers representations of law's corruption as well as law's wisdom. Having set out a preliminary preliminary catalogue of associations between law and the Gothic imagination, the paper then offers two extended reflections of the place of Gothic imaginery within law. By way of an analysis of the jurisprudence of buggery, the paper examines law's role in the production of the Gothic imaginary. Turning then to contemporary jurisprudence, the paper plots the resort to familiar gothic tropes within postmodern jurisprudence.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2019 08:15
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:50


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