Monday, September 09, 2013

Derecho y Literatura, desde Grecia. Novedad bibliográfica


Stamatina Dimakopoulou, Christina Dokou, Efterpi Mitsi (eds.).
The letter of the law: literature, justice and the other
Peter Lang Publishing, Frankfurt am Main ; New York, 2013, X, 276 pp.,
ISBN: 9783631634332


This book combines legal as well as political and theoretical questions in a variety of contexts, ranging from legal issues in the early modern period to critical explorations of law/s, justice and textuality in contemporary literature and culture. The essays in this volume offer critical perspectives on the role of literature and theory in relation to the law and explore otherness and justice in early modern, Victorian and contemporary texts, postmodern theory, colonial and postcolonial contexts and popular culture. Examining how legal and literary narratives construct, repress, legitimise, but also enable the Other, this volume offers new insights into forms of alterity, marginality and exclusion and articulates the imperative need to reconfigure issues of justice as always intertwined with the Other.


Contents:

– Costas Douzinas: The Letter of the Law and the Spirit of Literature
– Stamatina Dimakopoulou/Christina Dokou/Efterpi Mitsi: The Other as the (Purloined) Letter of the Law
– Kinga Földváry: Outlaw or Above the Law? Legal Issues in William Harrison’s Description of England
– Karin Boklund-Lagopoulou: Law, Justice and Poetry in Faerie Land
– Zoe Detsi-Diamanti: Legal Exclusion vs. Republican Inclusion in Judith S. Murray’s The Traveller Returned (1796)
– Nic Panagopoulos: Sovereign Law and Bare Life in Bleak House
– Sheila Teahan: The Remedy of Law
– Ava Baron: Happy Ending for Women Workers, or Tragedy for the Workplace? Cultural and Legal Narratives of Sexual Harassment in the United States
– Jeffrey L. Spear: Was She This Name? Law, Literature and the «Devadasi»
– Helen Nicholson: «Portia in Petticoats»: The Legal Performances of Georgina Weldon
– Christina Dokou: Courtroom Humour, Performative Justice: The Case of Harper Lee vs. Fannie Flagg
– Maria Vara: «Victim Precipitation» in the Anti-detective Fiction of Muriel Spark and Diane Johnson
– Yannis Stamos: Literature Before the Law: Derrida on the Democratic «Right to Say Everything» – Elina Staikou: Burning Dead Letters: Bartleby, Law and Literature in the Nuclear Age
– Shela Sheikh: Bartleby - Derrida: Literature, Law and Responsibility
– Cláudia Trabuco: Qu’est-ce qu’un auteur? Authorship, Originality and the Work of Vergílio Ferreira
 Anna-Maria Piskopani: Reality-flirting Literature as an Aliud in Defamation and Privacy Law.

Stamatina Dimakopoulou is Assistant Professor in American Literature and Culture at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
Christina Dokou is Assistant Professor of American Literature and Culture at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
Efterpi Mitsi is an Associate Professor in English Literature and Culture at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.


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Felicitar la llegada de esta novedad, que amplía los límites geográficos más habituales de la recepción investigadora de 'Derecho y Literatura' en Europa. No conviene ocultar, sin embargo, la dispersión temática que bien pudiera haberse paliado dotando a la obra de oportuna estructura y sistemática. Con todo, se trata de un meritorio esfuerzo editor que confío abra a ulteriores publicaciones

J.C.G.

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