Law, visual culture, and the show trial / Agata Fijalkowski

Date :

Type : Livre / Book

Langue / Language : anglais / English

ISBN : 978-0-367-42960-7

ISBN : 0-367-42960-8

ISBN : 978-1-03-252253-1

ISBN : 1-03-252253-4

EAN : 9780367429607

Procès communistes -- Allemagne (République démocratique)

Procès communistes -- Albanie

Procès communistes -- Pologne

Droit -- Influence soviétique -- Europe de l'Est

Classification Dewey : 340/.1150947

Collection : Discourses of law / a new series edited by Peter Goodrich, Arthur Jacobson, and Michel Rosenfeld / New York : Routledge , 2005-

Relation : Law, visual culture, and the show trial / Agata Fijalkowski / [Ann Arbor, Mich.] : ProQuest , 2023

Résumé / Abstract : Addressing the relationship between law and the visual, this book examines the importance of photography in Central, East, and Southeast European show trials. The dispensation of justice during communist rule in Albania, East Germany, and Poland was reliant on legal propaganda, making the visual a fundamental part of the legitimacy of the law. Analysing photographs of trials, this book examines how this message was conveyed to audiences watching and participating in the spectacle of show trials. The book traces how this use of the visual was exported from the Soviet Union and imposed upon its satellite states in the immediate aftermath of World War II. It shows how the legal actors and political authorities embraced new photographic technologies to advance their legal propaganda. Drawing on contemporary theoretical work in the area, the book then challenges straightforward accounts of the relationship between law and the visual, critically engaging entrenched legal historical narratives, in relation to three different protagonists, to offer the possibility of reclaiming and rewriting past accounts. As its analysis demonstrates, the power of images can also be subversive; and, as such, the cases it addresses open onto contemporary questions about law and its inherent performativity. This original and insightful engagement with the relationship between law and the visual will appeal to legal and cultural theorists, as well as those with more specific interests in Stalinism, and in Central, East, and Southeast European history.