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New Directions in Law and Literature$
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Elizabeth S. Anker and Bernadette Meyler

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190456368

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190456368.001.0001

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Law’s Affective Thickets

Law’s Affective Thickets

(p.109) Chapter 6 Law’s Affective Thickets
New Directions in Law and Literature

Ravit Reichman

Oxford University Press

Most efforts to bring law and affect together focus on discrete emotions more than on the inchoate terrain of affect. With the development of affect theory, however, legal scholarship is poised to take a new turn into the realms of mood and intensity, and to embrace affect with greater robustness. Affect theory offers a way to imagine law in noninstrumental ways, considering it in the context of culture. Within this cultural, affective framework, the chapter examines Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel The Remains of the Day and the notion of reasonable force in circumstances of police violence, making the case for understanding reasonability in law not as a mitigation of feeling but an affect in its own right.

Keywords:   affect, emotion, tone, reasonableness, reasonability, reasonable force, reasonable fear, policing

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