Friday, March 13, 2015

Lex 'Comica': Novela gráfica y Derecho. Novefdad bibliográfica



Graphic Justice: Intersections of Comics and Law

Thomas Giddens (ed.)
Routledge, New York, 2015, 258 pp.
ISBN: 9781138787995

Establishing the medium of graphic fiction as a critical resource for interdisciplinary legal studies, this collection is the first to address the intersection of comics and law. Graphic fiction has gained enormous cultural capital and academic interest over recent years. Comics-inspired films fill our cinemas and superhero merchandise fills the shelves of supermarkets. In short, our culture is suffused with a comic-book aesthetic: as, for example, the 'Occupy' movement appropriates the mask of 'V', from the comic work V for Vendetta; and, tragically, as James Holmes's murderous rampage through a Colorado movie theatre, seemingly sees him styling himself after Batman's arch-nemesis, the Joker. From mass entertainment and consumerism to political activism and violence, we are surrounded by emanations of graphic storytelling. Meanwhile, the rise of academic disciplines such as comics studies demonstrates that the medium contains much more depth than the common assumption of its simplicity and juvenility might suggest. Against this background, comics offer an important resource for making sense of the contemporary place and role of law. Whether in their representations of lawyers and the legal system, their dystopian imaginations, their treatment of issues of justice and social order, or in their superheroic investment in the protection of the innocent and the punishment or capture of those who would harm them, like other narrative forms - literature, film, theatre - graphic fiction explores and expresses human life in all its social, moral and legal complexity. In the context of a now well-established interest in cultural legal studies, this book showcases the critical potential of comics and graphic fiction as a resource for interdisciplinary legal studies and legal theory

 
Introduction
Thomas Giddens
1 Lex Comica: On Comics and Legal Theory
Thomas Giddens

Part 1: Introducing Comics and Law

2 Holy Blurring of Core Copyright Principles, Batmobile!
Kimberly Barker
3 Devil’s Advocate: Representation in Heroic Fiction, Daredevil and the Law
Graham Ferris and Cleo Lunt
4 I am the Law Teacher!: An Experiential Approach using Judge Dredd to Teach Constitutional Law
Richard Glancey
5 Not Foresighting and Not Answering: Using Graphic Fiction to Interrogate Social and Regulatory Issues in Biomedicine
Shawn HE Harmon
6 Law and the Machine: Fluid and Mechanical Selfhood in The Ghost in the Shell
Thomas Giddens

Part 2: Graphic Criminology
7 When (Super)heroes Kill: Vigilantism and Deathworthiness in Justice League, Red Team, and the Christopher Dorner Killing Spree
Nickie D Phillips and Staci Strobl
8 Extreme Restorative Justice: The Politics of Vigilantism in Vertigo’s 100 Bullets
Angus Nurse
9 Violent Lives, Ending Violently? Justice, Violence and Ideology in Watchmen
James Petty
10 Stepping off the Page: ‘British Batman’ as Legal Superhero
Nic Groombridge

Part 3: Graphic Justice International

11 The Hero We Need, Not the One We Deserve: Vigilantism and the State of Exception in Batman Incorporated
Chris Comerford
12 Judge, Jury and Executioner: Judge Dredd, Drones, Jaques Derrida
Chris Lloyd
13 Crimes against (Super)Humanity: Graphic Forms of Justice and Governance
Chris Boge
14 Graphic Reporting: Human Rights Violations through the Lens of Graphic Novels
Jérémie Gilbert and David Keane

 

Thomas Giddens is Lecturer in Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Law and Culture at St Mary's University. He researches in cultural legal studies, focusing on the use of comics and graphic fiction in legal studies, as well as criminal justice and legal philosophy.

4 comments:

JRNH said...

Me parece maravilloso que se integre la paraliteratura en el análisis jurídico, hay bastantes novelas gráficas y comics interesantísimos. José Ramón Narváez

José Calvo González said...

Ciertamente, aunque no se trata sólo de asimilar ese material en términos de 'paraliteratura'. El asunto es más complejo

JRNH said...

Lo de paraliteratura, lo digo con tono irónico para incentivar a nuestros colegas que a veces desprecian la cultura popular: además de V de Vendetta, Watchmen, El Regreso del Caballero de la Noche, en México está Kaliman, la versión mexicana de Fantomas y otros muy interesantes.

José Calvo González said...

Todas esas novelas gráficas que menciona son interesantes. Lo cierto es que existe un número enorme de ellas tanto en Latinoamérica como en Europa. Los temas y problemas que ellas sugieren son muy varios. Creo que no sólo permiten una 'extracción', más o menos anecdótica, de temas jurídicos. Su alcance y aprovechamiento puede ser, y es, mucho mayor. A mi juicio está en rentar el formato secuencial con que se presentan y lo que ello significa en Derecho, está en el modo y procesos de decodificación de la imagen (para recuperar una competencia 'visual' en el Derecho que hoy -a pesar de vivir en un piélago de imágenes- los juristas tenemos atrofiada), está en el empleo de lo imaginal como lenguaje-otro, está... En fin, multitud de enfoques, entre los que se cuentan los de 'cultura popular', pero asimismo la generación de un tipo de novela gráfica 'de culto', que consumen elites culturales. Y del resto, por supuesto, algo a la base; el concepto y la función de una categoría como 'ficcionalidad', categoría que es intrínseca a la idea de Derecho.