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Book Review: Desmond Manderson: Kangaroo Courts and the Rule of Law. The Legacy of Modernism. Routledge, Abingdon 2012.

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Abstract


  • Kangaroo Courts represents the height of the recent work that Desmond Manderson

    has developed around the nexus between ‘law and literature’ and the rule of law.

    Manderson’s approach to this matter is unique in taking seriously both literary

    theory and the aesthetic aspects of literary texts—strange though it may seem,

    this is an authentic revolution in the field of law and literature. Manderson rightly

    observes that back to their very origins the discourses constructed around the

    conjunction of ‘law and literature’ have suffered from two structural weaknesses: first

    ‘a concentration on substance and plot’ and second ‘a salvific belief in the capacity

    of literature to cure law or perfect its justice’ (Manderson 2012a, 9). The first fails to

    question the ‘mimetic fallacy’ that regards the imitation of nature or reality as the

    main function of art (Manderson 2011, 108-118; 2012a, 10-17). The second fails to

    question the ‘romantic fantasy’ that sets the purpose of art in ‘healing the world’s

    wounds’ (Manderson 2011, 118-121; 2012a, 17-20).

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Gomez Romero, L. (2013). Book Review: Desmond Manderson: Kangaroo Courts and the Rule of Law. The Legacy of Modernism. Routledge, Abingdon 2012.. No Foundations: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Law and Justice, 10 138-148.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1813&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/808

Number Of Pages


  • 10

Start Page


  • 138

End Page


  • 148

Volume


  • 10

Place Of Publication


  • Helsinki

Abstract


  • Kangaroo Courts represents the height of the recent work that Desmond Manderson

    has developed around the nexus between ‘law and literature’ and the rule of law.

    Manderson’s approach to this matter is unique in taking seriously both literary

    theory and the aesthetic aspects of literary texts—strange though it may seem,

    this is an authentic revolution in the field of law and literature. Manderson rightly

    observes that back to their very origins the discourses constructed around the

    conjunction of ‘law and literature’ have suffered from two structural weaknesses: first

    ‘a concentration on substance and plot’ and second ‘a salvific belief in the capacity

    of literature to cure law or perfect its justice’ (Manderson 2012a, 9). The first fails to

    question the ‘mimetic fallacy’ that regards the imitation of nature or reality as the

    main function of art (Manderson 2011, 108-118; 2012a, 10-17). The second fails to

    question the ‘romantic fantasy’ that sets the purpose of art in ‘healing the world’s

    wounds’ (Manderson 2011, 118-121; 2012a, 17-20).

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Gomez Romero, L. (2013). Book Review: Desmond Manderson: Kangaroo Courts and the Rule of Law. The Legacy of Modernism. Routledge, Abingdon 2012.. No Foundations: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Law and Justice, 10 138-148.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1813&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/808

Number Of Pages


  • 10

Start Page


  • 138

End Page


  • 148

Volume


  • 10

Place Of Publication


  • Helsinki