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Narrative and Drama in the American Trial

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Author(s): Robert P. BURNS

Journal: Postmodern Openings
ISSN 2068-0236

Volume: 8;
Issue: 8;
Start page: 101;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: trial | nature of law | rhetoric | narrative | drama

ABSTRACT
This short essay summarizes an understanding of the trial as a medium in which law is realized or actualized, rather than imposed or enforced. It suggests that we should pay close attention to the actual practices that prevail at trial, its “consciously structured hybrid” of languages and practices, if we want to understand the nature of law.
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