Law and the Visual: Representations, Technologies, and Critique

Edited by Desmond Manderson

© 2018

In Law and the Visual, leading legal theorists, art historians, and critics come together to present new work examining the intersection between legal and visual discourses. Proceeding chronologically, the volume offers leading analyses of the juncture between legal and visual culture as witnessed from the fifteenth to the twenty-first centuries. Editor Desmond Manderson provides a contextual introduction that draws out and articulates three central themes: visual representations of the law, visual technologies in the law, and aesthetic critiques of law. A ground breaking contribution to an increasingly vibrant field of inquiry, Law and the Visual will inform the debate on the relationship between legal and visual culture for years to come.

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In Law and the Visual, leading legal theorists, art historians, and critics come together to present new work examining the intersection between legal and visual discourses.

Law and the Visual: Representations, Technologies, and Critique

Edited by Desmond Manderson

© 2018

In Law and the Visual, leading legal theorists, art historians, and critics come together to present new work examining the intersection between legal and visual discourses. Proceeding chronologically, the volume offers leading analyses of the juncture between legal and visual culture as witnessed from the fifteenth to the twenty-first centuries. Editor Desmond Manderson provides a contextual introduction that draws out and articulates three central themes: visual representations of the law, visual technologies in the law, and aesthetic critiques of law. A ground breaking contribution to an increasingly vibrant field of inquiry, Law and the Visual will inform the debate on the relationship between legal and visual culture for years to come.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 376 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "Desmond Manderson’s Law and the Visual marks a significant development in visual studies of law. Manderson moves readers across centuries, cultural contexts, and visual media. There is nothing like this book!"


    Austin Sarat, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science, Amherst College
  • Author Information

    Desmond Manderson is a professor in the ANU College of Law and College of Arts & Social Sciences at the Australian National University. He is founding Director of its Centre for Law, Arts, and the Humanities.

  • Table of contents

    Introduction: From Visual Evidence to Visual Discourse
    Desmond Manderson

    Part I 
    Representations. The origins of legal modernity from the 16th – 19th Centuries

    1. Blindness Visible: Law, Time, and Bruegel's Justice
    Desmond Manderson

    2. Face and Frames of Government
    Peter Goodrich

    3. An Emblematic Representation of Law: Hogarth and the Engravers' Act
    Cristina S. Martinez

    4. Law and the Revolutionary Motif after Jacques-Louis David
    Morgan Thomas

    5. Legal Imagery on the Edge of Symbolism: The Decoration Projects for the Belgian Cour de Cassation
    Stefan Huygebaert

    6. The Visual Force of Justice in the Making of Liberia
    Shane Chalmers

    Part II 
    Technologies. Excesses of legal modernity in the 20th Century

    7. 'You Will See My Family Became So American': Race, Citizenship and the Visual Archive
    Sherally Munshi

    8. From Sentimentality to Sadism: Visual Genres of Asylum Seeking
    Honni Van Rijswijk

    9. Images of Victims: The ECCC and the Cambodian Genocide Museum
    Maria Elander

    10. The Exceptional Image: Torture Photographs from Guantánamo Bay and Abu Ghraib as Foucault's Spectacle of Punishment
    Connal Parsley

    Part III
    Critique: Irony and legal modernity in the 21st Century

    11. T-Shirt's Guevara: The Visual Jurisprudence of the New Man
    Luis Gómez Romero

    12. The Art of Bureaucracy: Redacted Ready-mades
    Katherine Biber

    13. Illicit Interventions in Public Non-Spaces: Unlicensed Images
    Alison Young

    What Authorizes the Image? The Visual Economy of Post-Secular Jurisprudence
    Richard K. Sherwin