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Genealogies of Legal Vision

It was the classical task of legal rhetoric to make law both seen and understood. These conjoint goals came to be separated and opposed in modernity and a degree of blindness ensued. Legal reason was increasingly deemed to be a purely textual enterprise. Against this constraint and in furtherance of an incipient visual turn in legal studies, Genealogies of Legal Vision seeks to revive the classical ars iuris and to this end traces the history of regimes of visual control. Law always relied in significant measure upon the use of visual representations, upon pictures, architecture, costume and s
eBook, English, 2015
Taylor and Francis, Hoboken, 2015
1 online resource (298 pages)
9781317683902, 1317683900
Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; List of figures; Contributors; Introduction: the emblematic cube; 1 The Gordian knot of emblemata: from the Labyrinthus absconditus to the affirmation of the Prisca Jurisprudentia; 2 The evidence of things not seen; 3 Metamorphosis, mythography and the nature of English law; 4 Confessio infirmitatis, or, a productive digression: iconic difference taken apart and put to good use in legal affairs; 5 The heart and the law in the scales: allegorical discourse and modes of subjectivation in early modern religious emblematics. 6 From pornography to moral didactism: how the French play with emblems7 The tongue and the eye: eloquence and office in renaissance emblems; 8 Don't screw with the law: visual and spatial defences against judicial and political corruption in communal Italy; 9 Epistemological doubt and visual puzzles of sight, knowledge and judgment: reflections on clear-sighted and blindfolded Justices; 10 Crime shows: CSI in Hapsburg Spain; Bibliography; Index