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Michael Freeman

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199272235

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272235.001.0001

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Narrative Determination and the Figure of the Judge

Narrative Determination and the Figure of the Judge

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(p.677) Narrative Determination and the Figure of the Judge
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Law and Popular Culture
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David A Black

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272235.003.0037

This chapter explores the significance of the judge in law films. It explains that the judge in law films functions both as a determiner of narrative and a narrative determinee, both the wielder and the subject of narrative necessity. It examines the real-life/film connection represented by narrative determination and suggests that to say that real-life and filmic judges share the state of narrative determination is to bypass the process of deciding whether filmic judges behave in a true-to-life way.

Keywords:   judge, law films, narrative determination, legal system, law

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