Legal Stagings

The Visualization, Medialization and Ritualization of Law in Language, Literature, Media, Art and Architecture

Edited by Kjell Å Modéer and Martin Sunnqvist

Legal Stagings

Edited by Kjell Å Modéer and Martin Sunnqvist

Distributed for Museum Tusculanum Press

302 pages | 10 color plates, 22 halftones, 1 line drawing, 4 tables | 6 3/8 x 9 1/2 | © 2012
Cloth $59.00 ISBN: 9788763531610 Published May 2012 NFS UK, IRELAND, AND SCANDINAVIA
As contemporary culture becomes increasingly visual, new challenges and requirements arise for institutions that have historically been text-based. One of the most important institutions facing this challenge is that of law. A collection of articles written by lawyers and scholars in a variety of fields, Legal Stagings examines the many visual representations law has assumed across a multitude of scholarly disciplines and artistic genres, including architecture, theatre, cinema, literature, and journalism, as well as in courtroom art and portraiture. Mixing theoretical analysis with practical experiences, the articles here examine not only how law contributes to visual culture but how that culture in turn analyzes, maintains, criticizes, and ultimately transforms law.


I. Introduction
1. Visualization of a Nordic Legal Modernity: From August Strindberg to Lars von Trier
      Kjell Å Modéer
2. Visualization of the Law
      Peter Wahlgren
3. On-stage and Off-stage European and Global Legal Scenes
      Hanne Petersen
II. Law and the Media
4. Media Industry, Economy and Value in Crisis: The Role of Contemporary Journalism in Relation to the Danish Cartoon Controversy
      Khaled D. Ramadan
5. Freedom from Publicity or Right to Information?: Visual Cultures of the Courtroom
      Lynda Nead
III. The Visuality of Law
6. Law as Visual Communication
      Dag Michalsen
7. The Patron-Client Relations Visualized
      Cecilie Schjatvet
8. The Menace of Venice, Or Reading and Performing the Law in/of The Merchant of Venice
      Leif Dahlberg
9. Man and Dog: The Modernity of Law—Jurists, Violence, Poetries, and a Photograph
      Rainer Maria Kiesow
IV. Courts of Law: Their Buildings, Rooms and Actors
10. Images of Finnish Justice
      Pia Letto-Vanamo
11. Imagining the Judge: A Case Study of Judicial Portraiture
      Leslie Moran
12. This Is Not a Courthouse
      Eva Löfgren
13. Stage Justice
      Lisbeth Fullu Skyberg
14. From Stone Circle to Transit Hall: Law and Art in the District Court Buildings in Ängelholm and Helsingborg
      Martin Sunnqvist


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