Imaginal law

Peter Goodrich

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Lodged between reality and fantasm, the evanescent viral images that circulate on accelerating platforms of streamed content work a fundamental remediation of legality. The imaginal, the images that materialize in the plurality of new media and in multi-modal forms manifest an aesthetic of legal transmission and a visibly affective dimension to determination and rule. The very form of imaginal law presses the judge against the repression barrier and forces a sensory encounter with the materiality of animated, sonic and visual relays of normative phenomena. Using the example of common law cases concerned with affective harm this article explores the relation between the emotional body of the judge and that of the claimant, the reciprocal sensing of subjects both judging and judged.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationResearch Handbook on Legal Semiotics
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781802207262
ISBN (Print)9781802207255
StatePublished - Nov 17 2023


  • Affect
  • Counter-memory
  • Imaginal
  • Legality
  • Soul
  • Visualization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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