On the possibility of legal form in Mieville's speculative fictions

Hourigan, Daniel (2018) On the possibility of legal form in Mieville's speculative fictions. Law and Literature, 30 (2). pp. 167-184. ISSN 1535-685X


Abstract

This article explores the nexus of the legal and the literary in the works of China Miéville. Miéville’s acclaim and popularity among the genre fiction communities often overlooks his political commitment to a Marxist view of law. At the same time, literary criticism of Miéville’s fiction tends to flatten this Marxist politik by ignoring its historical indebtedness to Pashukanian and Trotskyist lines of thought in Miéville’s critical and creative works. This article responds to both of these vectors by asserting that there is a significant and hitherto unexplored difference in the frame of possibilities to imagine law in the Weird speculative fictions that Miéville composes.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication (1 July 2013 - 28 February 2019)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication (1 July 2013 - 28 February 2019)
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2020 06:51
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2020 05:01
Uncontrolled Keywords: literary criticism; weird fiction; China Mieville; Marxist legal theory; Pashukanis; trauma
Fields of Research (2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200524 Comparative Literature Studies
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180122 Legal Theory, Jurisprudence and Legal Interpretation
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/1535685X.2017.1370800
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/38250

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