Law-as-Literature Workpiece: A Montage of the Law

41 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2019 Last revised: 13 Sep 2019

Date Written: June 30, 2019


This paper depicts law through prosaic and photographic montage. In matters of law, every interpretation necessarily concerns a claim in right to administer violence through enforcement. Montage as form in writing about law gives a greater scope for interpretation to the reader, more so than traditional narrative.

This work incorporates elements of literary and photographic montage as developed by John Heartfield and Walter Benjamin, and as described by Siegfried Kracauer and Walter Benjamin. The Frankfurt School's perspective on critical theory informs montage in this paper.

Keywords: Capitalism, Constitutional Law, Labor Laws and Legislation, Legal History, Montage, Social History

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Belliveau, S, Law-as-Literature Workpiece: A Montage of the Law (June 30, 2019). Available at SSRN: or

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