The Law's Jouissance in Miéville's 'The City & The City'
Griffith University - Socio-Legal Research Centre
November 1, 2011
Law, Culture, and the Humanities, 2011
This paper critically examines the construction of law in China Miéville’s weird detective narrative, 'The City & The City' (2009). The discussion charts the excesses of law’s embodiment in Detective Tyador Borlú of the Besźel policzai with and against the primordial natural law discourse of the Law of Breach, and carefully examines the ways that this Law interdicts the common law in both parts of the fictional split city Besźel-Ul Qoma. Using the psychoanalytic concept of jouissance, this paper unveils some of the modulations of authority presented by the novel’s unusual arrangement of politics, common law, and natural law.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 13
Keywords: China Miéville, The City & The City, Jouissance, Jacques Lacan, Law and Culture, Psychoanalytic PhilosophyAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: April 22, 2011
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