Peter Brooks | Law and its Other in Literary Theory


This article looks at the links between literature and the law. Since the 1970’s the legal domain has been “infiltrated” by literary-critical thinking, as the law has become subject of the same interprative practices as literary texts. It therefore argues for a more active dialogue between law and the humanities. When we recognize law as a discursive practice, with its own language and its own rituals, we have to be able to hold it accountable outside of its domain, outside of its discourse. This is where literature arises as law’s other, as its narrative structures are very much present in legal texts as well.

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