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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-11-15
  • Publisher: Ashgate Pub Co

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Written by leading experts in the fields of law and cultural studies, these essays address the cultural dimension of trials. Taken together, these essays conceive of trials as sites of legal performance and as critical public spaces in which the law both encounters and interacts dialogically with the culture in which it is embedded.

Table of Contents

Introduction: legal performances and public cultures
Trials as Sites of Performance and Narrative
'The play's the thing': an unscientific reflection on courts under the rubric of theater
The lawfulness of the American trial
An analysis of closing arguments to a jury
Law frames: historical truth and narrative necessity in a criminal case
Speaking of death: narratives of violence in capital trials
Evidence and the Production of Truth
Just the facts, Ma'am: sexualized violence, evidentiary habits and the revision of truth
Theaters of proof; visual evidence and the law in Call Northside 777
Film as witness: screening Nazi Concentration Camps before the Nuremberg Tribunal
A reporter at large: doubt
Dialogics of Law and Culture
Story and transcription in the trial of John Brown
Rats, pigs, and statues on trial: the creation of cultural narratives in the prosecution of animals and inanimate objects
Constructing a common language: the function of Nuremberg in the problematization of postapartheid justice
'The Trial': a parody of law amid the mockery of men in post-colonial Papua New Guinea
Forms of judicial blindness, or the evidence of what cannot be seen: traumatic narratives and legal repetitions in the O.J. Simpson case and in Tolstoy's The Kreutzer Sonata
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