Friday, August 19, 2011

For a literary theory of Law and Democracy/ Para una teoría literaria del Derecho y la Democracia


Randy D. Gordon
Rehumanizing law: a theory of law and democracy
University of Toronto Press, Toronto (Buffalo),
2011¸ xi, 286 pp.
ISBN: 9781442642294



In a popular sense, 'law' connotes the rules of a society, as well as the institutions that make and enforce those rules. Although laws are created and interpreted in legislatures and courtrooms by individuals with very specialized knowledge, the practice and making of law is closely tied to other systems of knowledge. To emphasize this often downplayed connection, Rehumanizing Law examines the law in relation to narrative, a fundamental mode of human expression.
Randy D. Gordon illustrates the bridge between narrative and law by considering whether literature can prompt legislation. Using Upton Sinclair's The Jungle and Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, Gordon shows that literary works can figure in important regulatory measures. Discussing the rule of law in relation to democracy, he reads Melville's Billy Budd and analyzes the O.J. Simpson and Rodney King cases.
This highly original and creative study reconnects the law to its narrative roots by showing how and why stories become laws

Randy D. Gordon is an adjunct professor in the Dedman School of Law and a lecturer in English at Southern Methodist University. He is a partner in the Complex Litigation Group of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP


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La obra de Randy D. Gordon tiene origen en la tesis doctoral defendida en la University of Edimburgh el año 2008 con el título de Rehumanizing law: a narrative theory of law and democracy. Sus directores fuerón Zenon Bankowski, y el ya fallecido Neil MacCormick. El original está disponible en el repositorio de Edinburgh Research Archive (http://www.era.lib.ed.ac.uk/handle/1842/2655). El formato PDF puede verse en http://www.era.lib.ed.ac.uk/bitstream/1842/2655/6/Rehumanizing%20Law.pdf.
Es un trabajo sugestivo, fresco y excelente cuya lectura y consulta recomiendo vivamente.
J. C. G.

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