The Judicial Imagination: Writing after Nuremburg

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Abstract

Returning to the work of Hannah Arendt as a theoretical starting point, Lyndsey Stonebridge traces an aesthetics of judgement in postwar writers and intellectuals, including including Rebecca West, Elizabeth Bowen, Muriel Spark and Iris Murdoch. Writing in the false dawn of a new era of international justice and human rights, these complicated women intellectuals were drawn to the law because of its promise of justice, yet critical of its political blindness and suspicious of its moral claims. Bringing together literary-legal theory with trauma studies, The Judicial Imagination, argues that today we have much to learn from these writers' impassioned scepticism about the law's ability to legislate for the territorial violence of our times.

Details

Original languageEnglish
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Edition1
ISBN (Print)9780748642359
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2011