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Kangaroo Courts and the Rule of Law


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1: Introduction; 2: The Irony of Law and Literature; 3: 1922; 4:Enter the Kangaroo; 5: The Rule of Law and the Legacy of Modernism; 6: How Kangaroo Rewrote Lawrence; 7: Reality & Therapy in the Novel; 8: Polarity; 9: Thirroul of Law; 10: Littoral Readings

About the Author

Desmond Manderson is Future Fellow at Australian National University where he is jointly appointed in the College of Law and the Research School of Humanities and the Arts. His interdisciplinary scholarship in law and the humanities spans legal theory, history, literature, art, and philosophy. Recent books include Songs Without Music: Aesthetic Dimensions of Law and Justice (2000), Proximity, Levinas and the Soul of Law (2007), and Essays on Levinas and Law (2007).


"Desmond Manderson's fantastic book shows that literary jurisprudence is just that; a provocative, creative conjunction that pushes both disciplines to offer new insights into our troubled condition. This is the book that law and literature scholarship has been waiting for." Adam Gearey, Birkbeck University"Manderson is a multitude. A concert pianist, a sociologist of law, a literary critic, and a phenomenological legal philosopher, he has in Kangaroo Courts, brought all his polymath skills to bear in a consistently brilliant excoriation of law and literature. This is a work that exemplifies the singular universal. It is a study of a single book that will change a discipline, it is a meticulously close reading that invokes a wholly new philosophy of law. This is that most rare of works, an ode to scholarship, a love letter to the possibilities of law."P. Goodrich, Professor of Law and Director of the Program in Law and Humanities, Cardozo School of Law

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