On Comics and Legal Aesthetics: Multimodality and the Haunted Masks of Knowing, edited by Thomas Giddens, Abingdon: Routledge, 2018, ISBN 978-1- 138-22403-2 (hbk) (Book review)

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Tranter, Kieran
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I should draw this review - but I was hamstrung by my extremely limited skill set. There is a fundamental, performative irony in this. The digital’s birthing of a new immersive visual and aural culture, where there is an immediacy of seeing and hearing, is leaving behind the moderns’ concern with text, the material practices of text and with it the writing of the world through text. Bruno Latour might be correct in that the modern maintenance of foundation binaries was always disrupted1 , but for the legal academy the triumph of words and text over the other senses and other sensorial informatics regimes, has been mostly complete. So complete for me, that although I try to appreciate the legal disclosed by other sensorial informatics regimes – art, music, film and television, computer games – expression of my appreciation of law beyond the text, always, inevitably, ironically, involves the drafting of text.

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Tranter, K, On Comics and Legal Aesthetics: Multimodality and the Haunted Masks of Knowing, edited by Thomas Giddens, Abingdon: Routledge, 2018, ISBN 978-1- 138-22403-2 (hbk) (Book review), Law & Literature, 2020
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