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    Taking place: Westphalia and the poetics of law

    Fitzpatrick, Peter (2014) Taking place: Westphalia and the poetics of law. London Review of International Law 2 (1), pp. 155-165. ISSN 2050-6325.

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    The poem has to keep its possibility. It cannot be rendered into an insistent meaning. Yet the poem is also a ‘way of happening’, a way of bringing possibility into happening. And Cixous would find an intimate tie linking poetry and the happening of history, an ever-generative history, and would find this at its ‘most compelling’ in ‘the texts of some Russian women poets’. So, a belated epigraph from Tsvetayeva: "What shall I do … " "with all this immensity" "in a measured world?" What follows is an awed companion-piece to Yoriko Otomo’s ‘Her proper name: a revisionist account of international law’. It is entirely amenable yet a matter of affinities rather than explicit interpretation. These affinities will be evoked by way of a shared terminology: time, feminine, law, myth, sovereign, Westphalia. Quotations in italics will be from the poem.


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    School: School of Law > Law
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    Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2014 10:01
    Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 11:40


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