Chapter 6 Lex Fugit: On Acts of Legibility

In: Legibility in the Age of Signs and Machines
Isabel Capeloa Gil
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This chapter debates the production of legal discourse as potentiality in popular culture, addressing the ways in which distinct media formats display “the legal imagination” as a magnet that intervenes in representing the breeches and eventually (re)shaping the legal pacts. By arguing that the law is a porous discourse that interferes in and is affected by structures, narratives and developments across different partitions of the sensible, the chapter takes a non-originalist position, contending that the negotiations between representation and the institution of law, by conflating the letter with the spirit, speak to the changing concerns of different communities over time, geography, ethnicity, gender, religion and age. The case-based argument pivots around representative points of crisis in the legal order, as they work to induce a crisis of legibility; rhetorically support the normative reading of the crisis; simplify and popularize crisis, and finally, convey a denunciatory reading of the crisis.…

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