NEW BOOK: Literature’s Critique, Subversion, and Transformation of Justice

Edited By: Ruben Moi | Publisher:  Lexington Books

Contributions: Charles I. Armstrong; William Dwyer III; Cassandra Falke; Lill Tove Fredriksen; Asbjørn Grønstad; Lene M. Johannessen; Edvard Lia; Anthony W. Johnson; Ruben Moi; Erik Mustad and Christopher Loe Olsen

Literature is an institution per se, as is justice, and these two institutions enact each other in complex ways. Justice appears in many forms from divine right and religious ordainment to metaphysical imperative and natural law, to national jurisdiction, social order, human rights, and civil disobedience. What is just and right has varied in time and place, in war and peace. A sense of justice appears inextricable from human concerns of ethics and morals. Literature includes a vast range of writing from holy texts to banned books. Parts of literature, particularly in the past, have laid down the law. In more recent history, literature has gradually assumed radical roles of critique, subversion, and transformation of the existing law and order, in contents, themes, language, and form. Literature’s Critique, Subversion, and Transformation of Justice offers a selection of research that examines how various types of literature and arts give shape and significance to ideas of justice in various fields.

Ruben Moi is professor of English and Irish literature at The Arctic University of Norway, where he also leads the Just Literature research group.

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