June 5, 2015

Exploring Legal Issues Through Comics and Graphic Novels

Thomas Giddens' new book Graphic Justice: Intersections of Comics and Law (Routledge, 2015) is now available. Here's a description of its contents from the publisher's website.

The intersections of law and contemporary culture are vital for comprehending the meaning and significance of law in today’s world. Far from being unsophisticated mass entertainment, comics and graphic fiction both imbue our contemporary culture, and are themselves imbued, with the concerns of law and justice. Accordingly, and spanning a wide variety of approaches and topics from an international array of contributors, Graphic Justice draws comics and graphic fiction into the range of critical resources available to the academic study of law. The first book to do this, Graphic Justice broadens our understanding of law and justice as part of our human world—a world that is inhabited not simply by legal concepts and institutions alone, but also by narratives, stories, fantasies, images, and other cultural articulations of human meaning. Engaging with key legal issues (including copyright, education, legal ethics, biomedical regulation, and legal personhood) and exploring critical issues in criminal justice and perspectives on international rights, law and justice—all through engagement with comics and graphic fiction—the collection showcases the vast breadth of potential that the medium holds. Graphic Justice will be of interest to academics and postgraduate students in: cultural legal studies; law and the image; law, narrative and literature; law and popular culture; cultural criminology; as well as cultural and comics studies more generally.

The book includes such essays as Dr. David Keane and Dr. Jeremie Gilbert's work on how graphic novels explore human rights issues.  It's based on a conference which Dr. Giddens organized last year.

Check out Dr. Giddens' blog Graphic Justice here.

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