March 31, 2018

ICYMI: Trials, Edited by Martha M. Umphrey (Taylor and Francis, 2017) @tandfonline

ICYMI: Trials (Martha Merrill Umphrey, ed., Taylor and Francis, 2017).
This volume gathers a collection of the most seminal essays written by leading experts in the fields of law, and cultural studies, which 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. Inquiring into the contours of that dialogic relation, these essays trace the paths of cultural stories as they circulate in and through trial settings, examine how trials emerge out of particular social and historical contexts, and suggest ways in which trials themselves, as both singular events and generic forms, circulate and signify in culture.
Here's a link to the contents page.  Essays include Milner S. Ball, The Play's the Thing: An Unscientific Reflection on Courts Under the Rubric of Theater, Robert P. Burns, The Lawfulness of  the American Trial, Randy Hertz and Anthony G. Amsterdam, An Analysis of Closing Arguments to a Jury, Richard K. Sherwin, Law Frames: Historical Truth and Narrative Necessity in a Criminal Case, Austin Sara, Speaking of Death: Narratives of Violence in Capital Trials, Kim Lane Scheppele, Just the Facts, Ma'am: Sexualized Violence, Evidentiary Habits, and the Revision of Truth, Nancy West and Jennifer L. Mnookin, Theaters of Proof: Visual Evidence and the Law in Call Northside 777, Lawrence Douglas, Film as Witness: Screening Nazi Concentration Camps Before the Nuremberg Tribunal, William Finnegan, A Reporter at Large, Robert A. Ferguson, Story and Transcription in the Trial of John Brown, Paul Schiff Berman, Rats, Pigs, and Statues on Trial: The Creation of Cultural Narratives in the Prosecution of Animals and Inanimate Objects, Stephane Leman-Langlois, Constructing a Common Language: The Function of Nuremberg in the Problematization of Postapartheid Justice, David Lipset, "The Trial": 1 A Parody of the Law Amid the Mockery of Men in Post-Colonial Papua New Guinea, Shoshana Felman, 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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