Law Text Culture


Is minor jurisprudence tallow or is it tar? Taking its cue from Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet’s ‘Damnation’s Cellar (1993), this introduction presents the idea of ‘minor jurisprudence’ as it was first proposed in the mid-1990s, and explores its current potential as discussed, developed, and applied in the essays in this issue of Law Text Culture. The introduction also presents the enterprise known as ‘Law As …’ – a biennial symposium under the umbrella of which this exploration of minor jurisprudence took place. One important question for the symposium was, ‘can “Law As …” be a form of minor jurisprudence’? Should it be? The authors answer by example, or explicitly, as they develop their own encounters with minor jurisprudence in this issue.