Gert Hofmann (ed.)
Figures of law : studies in the interference of law and literature
Francke, Tübingen, 2007, 244 pp.
The main objective of this book is to search for such figures of law in literature and media representation, which represent human weakness and futility on one hand, but mirror on the other hand certain aesthetic and rhetoric qualities of the law phenomenon; these figures of law often appear to have fallen outside the Law»s conventional reach, while at the same time in a defiant way appealing to it. Privileged by their de-centred perspective they manifest and measure the complexities, capacities and limitations of the human case of law. The law of the Law (Derrida), it seems, has an essentially poetic quality. Figures of Law seeks to open the literary discourse on the human condition of law. It investigates literary ways to mirror and articulate the question of law split between sovereign power and human futility, between violence, force, and trauma.
Dialogue on the zero point of language. A lawless prelude / Gisela Dischner and Gert Hofmann
Law and literature and the right to death / Adam Thurschwell
The near-dead and the non-dying body / Paul Hegarty
The envelope and the letter: reflections on law’s ambience / Tim Murphy and Gerard Staunton
Spilling the beans: teaching and contract law / Graham Allen
»Aus einem Bette aufgestanden». Anmerkungen zum, Verhältnis’ zwischen recht und literatur / Christine Künzel
(Un)precendented texts: what comes and goes ‘before the law’ / Caitriona Leahy
Die schwierige freiheit der postmoderne. Zum Verhältnis’ von Gesetz und buch bei Edmond Jabès / Carola Erbertz
Files, not literature / Cornelia Vismann
Madonna and whore: the perplexing media and legal response to the female child molester / Catherine O’Sullivan
Heinrich Heine’s figure of justice / Andreas Stuhlmann
Images of law in pre-famine Gaelic Ireland / Neil Buttimer
»Alle Gesetzlichkeiten sind langweilig.» Ungeschriebene gesetze in Theodor Fontanes Roman Effi Briest / Hans-Joachim Jürgens.
Gert Hofmann (Mellrichstadt, 1958), Department of German, University College Cork. His research interests include Theory of literature and aesthetics; German idealism, classicism, anti-classicism; anthropology and aesthetics of theatre and performance art; Hoelderlin; 20th century literature.