Legal Life-Writing provides the first sustained treatment of the implications of life-writing on legal biography, autobiography and the visual history of law in society through a focus on neglected sources, and on those usually marginalized or ignored in legal biography and legal history, such as women and minorities. * Draws on a range of sources and disciplinary approaches including legal history, life-writing, sociology, history, art history, feminism and post-colonialism, seeking to build a bridge-head between them * Challenges the methodologies employed in conventional accounts of legal lives * Aims to ignite debate about the nature of the relationship between socio-legal studies and legal history * Aims to enlarge the fields of legal biography, legal history, history and socio-legal studies, and to foster a closer and more inter-disciplinary dialogue between these disciplines
Linda Mulcahy is a Professor of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science, London. She is the author or editor of several books including Legal Architecture: Justice, Due Process and the Place of Law (2011). David Sugarman is a Professor of Law at Lancaster University Law School, UK. He is the author and editor of 18 books, has published articles in The Guardian and The Times, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
1. Introduction: Legal Life Writing and Marginalized Subjects and Sources (Linda Mulcahy and David Sugarman) 2. From Legal Biography to Legal Life Writing: Broadening Conceptions of Legal History and Socio-legal Scholarship (David Sugarman) 3. Recovering Lost Lives: Researching Women in Legal History (Rosemary Auchmuty) 4. Watching Women: What Illustrations of Courtroom Scenes Tell Us about Women and the Public Sphere in the Nineteenth Century (Linda Mulcahy) 5. Judicial Pictures as Legal Life-writing Data and a Research Method (Leslie J. Moran) 6. Ivor Jennings's Constitutional Legacy beyond the Occidental-Oriental Divide (Mara Malagodi) 7. The United Kingdom's First Woman Law Professor: An Archerian Analysis (Fiona Cownie) 8. Judah Benjamin: Marginalized Outsider or Admitted Insider? (Catharine MacMillan)