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Authority and Authoritarianism in Fiction and Politics
Both the authoritative and the authoritarian in literature and law rely on narratives for their claims to legitimacy. Authority, as James Boyd White writes, is a way of talking and thinking, an activity of mind and imagination and art; it receives its fullest definition performatively, as the writer finds a way of using language that creates a community of discourse, and offers the reader a place from which to observe and judge the world itself. What stories are we telling in 21st centuryView more
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