‘Fear’ and ‘Hope’ in Graphic Fiction: The Schismatic Role of Law in an Australian Dystopian Comic

@article{Sharp2017FearA,
  title={‘Fear’ and ‘Hope’ in Graphic Fiction: The Schismatic Role of Law in an Australian Dystopian Comic},
  author={Cassandra E Sharp},
  journal={International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue internationale de S{\'e}miotique juridique},
  year={2017},
  volume={30},
  pages={407-426}
}
  • Cassandra E Sharp
  • Published 2017
  • Sociology
  • International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue internationale de Sémiotique juridique
The rise in popularity in recent times of dystopian fiction (particularly among young adults) is reflective of contemporary anxieties about law: the inhumanity of judicial-coercive machinery; the influence of corporate power; the lack of democratic imagination despite the desperate need for political reform; and the threat of order imposed through violence and victimisation. These dystopian texts often tell fear-inducing stories of law’s failure to protect; or of law’s unsuccessful struggle… Expand
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