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Neither Dead Nor Dangerous: Postmodernism And The Teaching Of Legal Writing, Adam Todd Jan 2006

Neither Dead Nor Dangerous: Postmodernism And The Teaching Of Legal Writing, Adam Todd

School of Law Faculty Publications

This article explores postmodernism and its relation to the teaching of legal writing. Postmodernism is an undeniably important theory in literary criticism, composition and rhetoric and has provoked much debate in areas of legal scholarship, but it has seldom been addressed directly by legal writing scholars.

The teaching of legal writing has been greatly affected by postmodernism and can be characterized as a postmodern class in what is otherwise a modernist academy. Legal writing teachers generally teach in a modernist paradigm which seeks to normalize the law and create unitary meaning from the morass of texts and ideas which is …