Living Deadwood: Imagination, Affect, and the Persistence of the Past

21 Pages Posted: 14 Jun 2010  

Rebecca Johnson

University of Victoria - Faculty of Law

Date Written: June 10, 2010

Abstract

In this article, I take inspiration from Edward Said's comments that we should look to tales about the past for insight into cultural attitudes of the present. Here, I look to the HBO series "Deadwood" to consider what it can tell us about our emotional investments in certain ways of understanding law, order, and the economy.

Keywords: Law and film, colonialism, economics, outsiders, TV, 'structures of feeling', dissent

Suggested Citation

Johnson, Rebecca, Living Deadwood: Imagination, Affect, and the Persistence of the Past (June 10, 2010). Suffolk University Law Review, Vol. 42, No. 4, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1623551

Rebecca Johnson (Contact Author)

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