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Is There (Should There Be) a Law & Humanities Canon?

Kang, Hyo Yoon (2019) Is There (Should There Be) a Law & Humanities Canon? Law, Culture and the Humanities, 16 . ISSN 1743-8721. E-ISSN 1743-9752. (doi:10.1177/1743872119857063) (KAR id:73899)

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This commentary considers the question of whether there is, or should be, a law and humanities canon by exploring the identity and value of the field and querying the concept of canon itself as an authoritative cultural technique of intellectual and social reproduction. I argue that the common trait which binds works in the field of law and humanities together is the connective “and,” which is inimical to the concept of a canon. Thinking with Barbara Hernstein Smith’s work on value and evaluation, Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht’s criticism of canons and classics, and Frantz Fanon’s understanding of personal universality, I show that the notion of an inclusive or “global” canon is an oxymoron and argue that it ought to be resisted.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/1743872119857063
Uncontrolled keywords: canon, classics, law, humanities, value, evaluation, authority, cross-disciplinarity, inclusion, exclusion
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Hyo Yoon Kang
Date Deposited: 16 May 2019 14:03 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:04 UTC
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