Literary Interpretation, Performance Art, and Related Subjects

Kent Greenawalt

in Legal Interpretation

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199756131
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199855292 | DOI:
Literary Interpretation, Performance Art, and Related Subjects

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This chapter focuses on literary interpretation, in the sense of an account of what a work of literature means; and interpretation involved in performance, whether of musical or dramatic works. Both forms of interpretation involve efforts to attribute meaning and significance to underlying texts, but performers, unlike critics, actually replicate the texts for audiences. Within the law, judges may seem to resemble performers more than critics, although their applications of texts to concrete circumstances are not repetitions of the words of the texts but decisions about what consequences they entail. Legal scholars often aim at recommendations about desirable interpretations, but not all legal scholarship takes that form. Some scholarly explanations and critiques do not focus on how judges might best interpret legal texts.

Keywords: literature; literary theory; literary interpretation; judges

Chapter.  24024 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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