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    Ditches

    Gearey, Adam (2022) Ditches. In: Goodrich, P. and Gandorfer, D. and Gebruers, C. (eds.) Research Handbook on Law and Literature. Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 438-452. ISBN 9781839102257.

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    Abstract

    The Court of Sewers is an essential resource for law and literature scholarship. The foundational text of this minor jurisprudence is Sir Thomas Dugdale's History of Imbanking. Themes from sewer law are dramatically transformed by Shakespeare and Gerrard Winstanley's Digger texts. John Ruskin's Unto This Last, William Morris' News from Nowhere and Peter Kropotkin's Fields, Factories and Workshops are further radical re-workings of themes of ditches and ditch digging. The minor jurisprudence of the sewer terminates in the most recent ruling on the ditch rule in Wibberley Building Ltd v Insley. The ditch is fundamental to notions of property and territory. Bound up with the figure is a utopian/literary imaginary that defines alternative understandings of labour, land and community.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Law School
    Research Centres and Institutes: Law and the Humanities, Centre for
    Depositing User: Adam Gearey
    Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2024 07:59
    Last Modified: 11 Apr 2024 15:38
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/53117

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