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Authors

Elizabeth Mertz

Abstract

James Boyd White, Justice as Translation: An Essay in Cultural and Legal Criticism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990. Pp. 313.

Responding to James Boyd White's writing is in some ways an intimidating venture. In Justice as Translation: An Essay in Cultural and Legal Criticism, White calls us to rise above the often deadening and dreary language in which we are taught to write professionally-and, at the same time, to transcend the segmented and limited thinking that accompanies the fencing-off of intellectual endeavor into separate "disciplines" in our universities. It is hard to imagine equaling the clarity or eloquence of White's challenge. The apparently effortless grace of his prose conveys complex thoughts with deceptive simplicity.

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