Law, culture and Visual Studies
Anne Wagner- Richard K. Sherwin (eds.)
Springer, Berlin/New York, 2014, X, 1127 pp., 58 illus., 26 in color
Springer, Berlin/New York, 2014, X, 1127 pp., 58 illus., 26 in color
The proposed volumes are aimed at a multidisciplinary audience and seek to fill the gap between law, semiotics and visuality providing a comprehensive theoretical and analytical overview of legal visual semiotics. They seek to promote an interdisciplinary debate from law, semiotics and visuality bringing together the cumulative research traditions of these related areas as a prelude to identifying fertile avenues for research going forward. Advance Praise for Law, Culture and Visual Studies This diverse and exhilarating collection of essays explores the many facets both historical and contemporary of visual culture in the law. It opens a window onto the substantive, jurisdictional, disciplinary and methodological diversity of current research. It is a cornucopia of materials that will enliven legal studies for those new to the field as well as for established scholars. It is a ‘must read’ that will leave you wondering about the validity of the long held obsession that reduces the law and legal studies to little more than a preoccupation with the word. Leslie J Moran Professor of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London Law, Culture & Visual Studies is a treasure trove of insights on the entwined roles of legality and visuality. From multiple interdisciplinary perspectives by scholars from around the world, these pieces reflect the fullness and complexities of our visual encounters with law and culture. From pictures to places to postage stamps, from forensics to film to folklore, this anthology is an exciting journey through the fertile field of law and visual culture as well as a testament that the field has come of age. Naomi Mezey, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., USA This highly interdisciplinary reference work brings together diverse fields including cultural studies, communication theory, rhetoric, law and film studies, legal and social history, visual and legal theory, in order to document the various historical, cultural, representational and theoretical links that bind together law and the visual. This book offers a breath-taking range of resources from both well-established and newer scholars who together cover the field of law’s representation in, interrogation of, and dialogue with forms of visual rhetoric, practice, and discourse. Taken together this scholarship presents state of the art research into an important and developing dimension of contemporary legal and cultural inquiry. Above all, Law Culture and Visual Studies lays the groundwork for rethinking the nature of law in our densely visual culture: How are legal meanings produced, encoded, distributed, and decoded? What critical and hermeneutic skills, new or old, familiar or unfamiliar, will be needed? Topical, diverse, and enlivening, Law Culture and Visual Studies is a vital research tool and an urgent invitation to further critical thinking in the areas so well laid out in this collection. Desmond Manderson, Future Fellow, ANU College of Law / Research School of Humanities & the Arts, Australian National University, Australia
Table of contents
Biographical notes on the editors.
Biographical notes on contributors
Introduction: Law, Culture and Visual Studies
Richard K. Sherwin, New York Law School, USA.
PART I. INTRODUCING VISUAL LEGAL STUDIES
Chapter 1: Devising Law: On the Philosophy of Legal Emblems
Peter Goodrich, Cardozo School of Law, USA.
Chapter 2: Law and Image: Towards a Theory of Nomograms.
Paolo Heritier, Law Faculty, University of Turin, Italy.
Chapter 3: The Book as Authoritative Sign in Seventeenth-Century England
Paul Douglas Callister, University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law, USA.
Chapter 4: Representing Sovereignty in Renaissance England: Pictorial Metaphors and the
Visibility of Law.
Cristina Costantini, University of Bergamo, Italy and Lucia Morra, University of
Chapter 5: Visual Common Sense
Neal Feigenson, Quinnipiac University, USA.
Chapter 6: The Photographic Image: Truth or Sign?
Ira Torresi, University of Bologna at Forlì, Italy.
Chapter 7: Visualization Between Fictitious Law and Factual Behaviour: A Pragmatic-
Hanneke van Schooten, Law Faculty, Tilburg University, The Netherlands.
PART II. VISUALIZING LEGAL SCHOLARSHIP
Chapter 8: The First Amendment and the Second Commandment.
Amy Adler, NYU School of Law, USA.
Chapter 9: The Semiotics of Film in United States Supreme Court Cases.
Jessica Silbey and Megan Hayes Slack, Suffolk University, USA
Chapter 10: Looking Again at Photography and Privacy: Theoretical Perspectives on Law’s
Treatment of Photographs as Invasions of Privacy.
David Rolph, University of Sydney, Faculty of Law, Australia.
Chapter 11: Drawing Attention: Art, Pornography, Ethnosemiotics and Law
Alec McHoul, Murdoch University in Western Australia, and Tracey Summerfield, Western Australia, Australia.
Chapter 12: What’s Wrong with Pink Pearls and Cornrow Braids? : Employee Dress Codes and the Semiotic Performance of Race and Gender in the Workplace
Janet Ainsworth, Seattle University, USA.
Chapter 13: Semiotic Interpretation in Trademark Law: The Empirical Study of Commercial Meanings in American English of ‘checkered pattern’
Ronald R. Butters, Duke University, USA.
Chapter 14: A Multimodal Social Semiotic Approach To ‘Shape’ in the Forensic Analysis of Trademarks
Christian Mosbæk Johannessen, Institute of Language and Communication, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark.
Chapter 15 : French Commemorative Postage Stamps As A Means of Legal Culture and
Anne Wagner, Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale, France/ Malik Bozzo-Rey,
Université Catholique de Lille, France.
Chapter 16: The Criminal Trial as Theater : The Semiotic Power of the Image
Denis J. Brion, Washington & Lee Law School, USA.
PART III. LAW AND ICONIC ART
Chapter 17: Do You See What I See? Iconic Art and Culture and the Judicial Eye in Australian
Marett Leiboff, Faculty of Law, University of Wollongong, Australia
Chapter 18: The Iconography of the Giving of the Law: A Semiotic Overview
Massimo Leone, Department of Philosophy, University of Turin, Italy.
Chapter 19: Daumier and Replacing the King’s Body
Oliver Watts, University of Sydney, Australia
Chapter 20: Law, Code and Governance in Prophetic Painting. Notes on the Emergence of
Early, High, and Late Modern Forms of Life and Governance.
Ronnie Lippens, Keele University, UK.
PART IV. VISUALIZING LAW IN INDIGENOUS OR FOLK LORIC CULTURE
Chapter 21: Signs at Odds? The Semiotics of Law, Legitimacy and Authenticity in Tribal
Renee A. Cramer, Drake University, USA.
Chapter 22: Emblems of Folk Legality: Semiotic Prosecution and the American Bald Eagle.
Sarah Marusek, University of Hawai’i Hilo, USA.
PART V. VISUALIZING LAW’S TOPOGRAPHY
Chapter 23: Constructing Courts: Architecture, the Ideology of Judging, and the Public
Judith Resnik, Dennis Curtis and Allison Tait, Yale University, USA.
Chapter 24: Saying the Saffu and Beating the Law: the Changing Role of Sacred Sites in the
Oromo Politico-Juridical System
Pekka Virtanen, Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of
Chapter 25: The Mandala State in Pre-British Sri-Lanka: The Cosmographical Terrain of
Contested Sovereignty in the Theravada Buddhism Tradition
Roshan de Silva-Wijeyeratne, Griffith Law School, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Chapter 26: Linguistic Landscape, Law and Reflexive Modernity
Christopher Hutton, The University of Hong Kong, China.
Chapter 27: Visual Art in American Courts
James R. Fox, Penn State Dickinson School of Law, USA
PART VI. VISUAL TECHNOLOGIES OF LAW
Chapter 28: Mediating Disputes with Digital Media
Maurizio Gotti and Larissa D’Angelo, Università di Bergamo, Italy.
Chapter 29: The Alleged Liveness of “Live”: Legal Visuality, Biometric Liveness Testing and
the Metaphysics of Presence.
Joseph Pugliese, Department of Media, Music and Cultural Studies, Macquarie
Chapter 30: Visual Legal Commentary
Karen Petroski, Saint Louis University School of Law, USA.
Chapter 31: The Invisible Court: The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and its
Depiction on Government Websites
Pamela Hobbs, University of California, Los Angeles, USA.
PART VII. LAW AND POPULAR VISUAL MEDIA: “CASE STUDIES”
Chapter 32: Seeking Truth and Telling Stories in Cinema and the Courtroom: Reversal of
Fortune’s Reflexive Critique
Cynthia Lucia, Rider University, USA.
Chapter 33: Hollywood's Hero-Lawyer: a Liminal Character and Champion of Equal Liberty
Orit Kamir, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.
Chapter 34: The Representation of Law on Film: Mr. Deeds and Adam’s Rib Go to Court
Wim Staat, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Chapter 35: Justice for the Disabled: Crime Films on Punishment and the Rights of People
With Learning Disabilities
Wajid Yar, University of Hull, UK and Nicole Rafter, Northeastern University, USA.
Chapter 36: “Make Enough Money, Everything Else will Follow”: Litigation and the
Signification of Happiness in Popular Culture.
Jason Bainbridge, Swinburne University of Technology, Victoria, Australia.
Chapter 37: Trial by Ordeal: CSI and the Rule of Law
Christina Spiesel, Yale Law School & Quinnipiac University School of Law, USA
Chapter 38: The Visibly Offensive Offender: A Semiotic Phenomenology of an Execution
Jody Lyneé Madeira, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, USA.
Chapter 39: A Tale of Many Newspapers: Perversion, Criminality, and Scopophilia in the
Edison Chen Scandal
Marco Wan and Janny Leung, University of Hong Kong, China.
PART VIII. LAW AND POPULAR VISUAL MEDIA: IN THEORY
Chapter 40: Make ‘em Laugh: Images of Law in Eighteenth Century Popular Culture
Mary Hemmings, Thompson Rivers University, Faculty of Law, Canada.
Chapter 41: Judge Dredd: Dreaming of Instant Justice
Alexander V. Kozin, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany.
Chapter 42: Oil and Water Do Not Mix: Constitutional Law and American Popular Culture.
David Ray Papke, Marquette University Law School, USA.
Chapter 43: Where There Is No Need to Screen Local Justice: Law and Film in Israel
Shulamit Almog, Faculty of Law, University of Haifa, Israël.
Chapter 44: Influence of Public Perceptions of Media Legality on Making Biopic Films
Betty L. Hart, University of Southern Indiana, USA.
Chapter 45: Film and the Reconstruction of Memory
Farid Benavides, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia.
Chapter 46: The Impact of Film and Television on Perceptions of Law and Justice:
Towards a Realisable Methodology
Peter Robson, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Guy Osborn,
University of Westminster, UK and Steve Greenfield, University of Westminster, UK.
Anne WAGNER is an Associate Professor at the Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale (France).
Richard K. SHERWIN is Professor of Law and Director of the Visual Persuasion Project at New York Law School.