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Legal Life-Writing: Marginalised Subjects and Sources

ISBN13: 9781119052166
Published: April 2015
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £20.75

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Legal Life-Writing provides the first sustained treatment of the implications of life-writing on legal biography, autobiography and the visual history of law in society through a focus on neglected sources, and on those usually marginalized or ignored in legal biography and legal history, such as women and minorities.

  • Draws on a range of sources and disciplinary approaches including legal history, life-writing, sociology, history, art history, feminism and post-colonialism, seeking to build a bridge-head between them
  • Challenges the methodologies employed in conventional accounts of legal lives
  • Aims to ignite debate about the nature of the relationship between socio-legal studies and legal history
  • Aims to enlarge the fields of legal biography, legal history, history and socio-legal studies, and to foster a closer and more inter-disciplinary dialogue between these disciplines

Jurisprudence, Biography
1. Introduction: Legal Life Writing and Marginalized Subjects and Sources (Linda Mulcahy and David Sugarman)
2. From Legal Biography to Legal Life Writing: Broadening Conceptions of Legal History and Socio-legal Scholarship (David Sugarman)
3. Recovering Lost Lives: Researching Women in Legal History (Rosemary Auchmuty)
4. Watching Women: What Illustrations of Courtroom Scenes Tell Us about Women and the Public Sphere in the Nineteenth Century (Linda Mulcahy)
5. Judicial Pictures as Legal Life-writing Data and a Research Method (Leslie J. Moran)
6. Ivor Jennings's Constitutional Legacy beyond the Occidental-Oriental Divide (Mara Malagodi)
7. The United Kingdom's First Woman Law Professor: An Archerian Analysis (Fiona Cownie)
8. Judah Benjamin: Marginalized Outsider or Admitted Insider? (Catharine MacMillan)