Literature alongside law as a contemporary paradigm

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This article presents and evaluates two paradigms and their relevance within the law and literature discourse. According to the first one, the global law paradigm, the law appears as a huge web or as a unified and orderly metanetwork, which encompasses human experience in all realms, and provides a normative response for every aspect of it. This paradigm may be set against an alternative perception, the paradigm of literature alongside law. Within the framework of this paradigm, vulnerable parts of the law, some of its false pretences as well as the hidden processes shaping it, are exposed. Next, there is the establishment of both hope and the ability to fulfil it, animated by imagination, shaped by literature and reflected in it, to put things right; to arrive at concrete truths and justice in a reality which does not enable comprehension of the whole, and never abandoning the strife towards the complex and the constantly changing equilibrium between human needs and human limitations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-65
Number of pages13
JournalCultural Dynamics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001


  • Global law paradigm
  • Law and literature
  • Legal postmodernism
  • Literature alongside law paradigm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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