About the Author

Greta Olson

E-Mail: Greta.Olson@anglistik.uni-giessen.de

Website: https://greta-olson.org/

Greta Olson is Professor of English and American Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Giessen, general editor of the European Journal of English Studies, and co-founder of the “European Network for Law and Literature Research.” She works and wishes to facilitate projects on cultural approaches to law, the politics of narrative, critical media and American studies, and feminism and sexuality studies. Recent publications include “Law’s Pluralities: Arguments for Cultural Approaches to Law,” German Law Journal (with Franz Reimer 2017), and “The Politics of Form,European Journal of the Study of English (with Sarah Copland 2016).

Contributions by Author: Greta Olson

On Un-Doing Law

Why should we un-do law? Sociological and anthropological approaches to law and legal processes have long suggested that state-made law has to be understood as a culturally embedded process and as but one form of prescriptive ordering among many others. If law is understood to be one normative system that, like others, serves to order human life, then why should we desire to take it apart? This is not to deny law’s efficacy in bringing resolve to human conflicts or to doubt the ethicacy and idealism with which many legal actors perform their work. […]