Law and Performance
Published by: University of Massachusetts Press
248 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.70 in
- Published: May 2018
In considering law through the lens of performance studies, the contributors in this volume emphasize the embodied, affective, and reiterative qualities that move law off the printed page and into the thick world of lived experience. They consider the blurring of lines between performance and the enactment of law, the transformative exchanges between the law and its many and varied stagings, and the impact or resonance of performativity in situations where innocence and guilt may be determined. In addition to the editors, the contributors include Joshua Chambers-Letson, Catherine M. Cole, Ryan Hartigan, Lara D. Nielsen, Julie Stone Peters, Ann Pellegrini, and Karen Shimakawa.
"Here is a pathbreaking law book that picks up on the emerging interest in affect theory, sensory studies (including forays in synesthesia studies) in conjunction with the cultural and political implications of law in action. It invites novel modes of analysis, and in the process brings into view previously unobserved phenomena pertaining to law, the perception of law, and law’s efficacy and legitimation."—Richard K. Sherwin, author of When Law Goes Pop: The Vanishing Line between Law and Popular Culture
"This collection is a must read for scholars of performance studies as well as legal studies researchers and practitioners."—CHOICE