Popular Culture and Law

Popular Culture and Law (International Library of Essays in Law & Society S.)
Richard K. Sherwin (Editor)


This book takes as its subject the interpenetration of popular culture and law. It gathers together a broad range of essays that explore the various ways in which law’s stories and images migrate from the courtroom to the court of public opinion, and from movie, television, and computer screens back to electronic monitors inside the courtroom itself. It also examines what happens when lawyers and public relations experts market notorious legal cases and controversies as if they were just another commodity. In addition, it probes the formative relationship that is now developing between law and digital culture in virtual worlds on the Internet. Ultimately, this collection of essays invites readers to ponder what the interpenetration of law and popular culture means with respect to the current status and future fate of law, truth, and justice in contemporary society.

Table of Contents

Introductory essay: Richard K. Sherwin, “The Interpenetration of Popular Culture and Law;”
Part One: Law in Pop Culture
  •  Chapter One:
Lawrence M. Friedman, “Popular Legal Culture: Law, Lawyers, and Popular Culture”
  •  Chapter Two:
Norman Rosenberg, “Looking for Law in All the Old Traces: The Movies of Classical Hollywood, The Law, and the Case(s) of Film Noir”
  •  Chapter Three
Ratna Kapur, “Postcolonial Erotic Disruptions”
  •  Chapter Four
Austin Sarat, “Living in a Copernican World”
Part Two: Pop Culture in Law
  •  Chapter Five
Philip N. Meyer, “‘Desperate for Love’: Cinematic Influences Upon A Defendant’s Closing Argument to a Jury ”
  •  Chapter Six
Richard K. Sherwin, “Law Frames: Historical Truth and Narrative Necessity in a Criminal Case”
  •  Chapter Seven
Sheila T. Murphy, “The Future of Fact: The Impact of Factual Versus Fictional Media Portrayals”
  •  Chapter Eight
 Steven Lubet, “Slap Leather! Legal Culture, Wild Bill Hickok, and the Gunslinger Myth”
Part Three: Law as Commodity
  •  Chapter Nine
Douglas S. Reed, “A New Constitutional Regime: The Juridico-Entertainment Complex”
  •  Chapter Ten
Susanne A. Roschwalb & Richard A. Stack, “Litigation Public Relations”
  •  Chapter Eleven
Marc Galanter, “An Oil Strike in Hell: Contemporary Legends about the Civil Justice System”
  •  Chapter Twelve
Daniel M. Filler, “From Law to Content in the New Media Marketplace”
Part Four: Law in Cyberspace
  •  Chapter Thirteen
F. Gregory Lastowka & Dan Hunter, “The Laws of Virtual Worlds”
  •  Chapter Fourteen
Jack M. Balkin, “Digital Speech and Democratic Culture”
Part Five: Pop Culture and Law in Theory
  •  Chapter Fifteen
Christopher J. Buccafusco, “Gaining/Losing Perspective on the Law, or Keeping Visual Evidence in Perspective”
  •  Chapter Sixteen
Anthony Chase, “Toward A Legal Theory of Popular Culture”

Publisher: Ashgate
ISBN: 0754624706