Comparative Constitutional Epics
Penelope J. Pether
Villanova University School of Law (deceased)
March 12, 2009
Law and Literature, Vol. 21, No. 1, p. 106, 2009
Villanova Law/Public Policy Research Paper No. 2009-04
This essay takes up Robert Cover's account, in Nomos and Narrative of Constitutional Epics. Ranging across legal and literary texts including Toni Morrison's Beloved, David Malouf's An Imaginary Life, the Canadian Arar Commission Report, and Bringing Them Home, the Report of the Australian Human Rights and Opportunity Commission's National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families, it concludes that what comparative study of Constitutions and their Epics might yield are brutal truths and the judgements of history, but also insights into how we might make of that unpromising material a nomos and a narrative of redemptive Constitutionalism.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 24
Keywords: Robert Cover, Nomos and Narrative, discursive construction of national identity, Constitutional narratives, Constitutional Epics, redemptive constitutionalismAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: March 12, 2009 ; Last revised: April 6, 2009
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