Comics, Law, and Aesthetics: Towards the use of graphic fiction in legal studies

Giddens, Thomas (2012) Comics, Law, and Aesthetics: Towards the use of graphic fiction in legal studies. Law and Humanities, 6 (1). pp. 85-109.

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This article argues for the inclusion of comics amongst the resources examined in interdisciplinary legal studies. Law and humanities enriches understanding of the human and experiential dimensions of justice through engagement with a variety of aesthetic discourses. The comics medium, however, remains under-researched in this context. Comics are distinct in their interaction of word and image, existing at the borderline between the textual and the visual, and between the rational and the aesthetic; they can thus assist in navigating the limits of rational language, a key issue for legal knowledge and debate which are deeply ingrained with this means of representation. The ‘in-betweenness’ of comics not only challenges the idealised use of text for the articulation of legal issues, but enables engagement with a wider set of interacting knowledges beyond the rational that can help triangulate issues surrounding justice in a human world inhabited by sensual beings.

Item Type: Journal Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: comics; epistemology; law and humanities; legal theory
Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology > 121 Epistemology
300 Social sciences > 340 Law
800 Literature & rhetoric > 801 Literature philosophy & theory
School/Department: School of Management and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Thomas Giddens
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2012 16:04
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2013 13:42


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