Law Text Culture


Talking, participating, engaging in the field of law and literature is an activity that causes me a lot of pleasure, indeed too much, even too painful a pleasure that easily tips over into, in one of the words in my title, disquiet, fear and anxiety. It is this anxiety, this extreme, perhaps, as I suggest later, ‘illegal’, jouissance provoked by the encounter between law and literature that I want to explore. So another title for this paper could be ‘The Anxiety of the Double: Expressions of Anxiety’ (as I read Pessoa’s term ‘disquiet’) in law and literature.