Narrative and the Origins of Law

Law & the Humanities 5(1) 2011

12 Pages Posted: 3 Aug 2016

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Luke Norris

University of Richmond School of Law

Allison Anna Tait

University of Richmond - School of Law

Date Written: May 1, 2011

Abstract

This Essay considers how social contract narratives about the genesis and development of legal orders share certain characteristics. Using the tools of narratology developed in literary theory, we show how these social contract narratives become recognizable not only as a genre but also as a kind of legal-political super-narrative that works to legitimize legal and constitutional ordering.

Suggested Citation

Norris, Luke and Tait, Allison Anna, Narrative and the Origins of Law (May 1, 2011). Law & the Humanities 5(1) 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2812201

Luke Norris (Contact Author)

University of Richmond School of Law ( email )

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Richmond, VA 23173
United States

Allison Anna Tait

University of Richmond - School of Law ( email )

28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, VA 23173
United States

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