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20 Law Text Culture 1 (2016)
Lives Lived with Law: An Introduction

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    Lives   Lived with Law: An Introduction


           Ann   Genovese, Shaun McVeigh
                    and  Peter   D Rush*


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This collection of essays for Law Text Culture is a collaboration and
meditation on methods and genres of life writing, and how they might
be adequate to the task of taking responsibility for legal thought
and lawful relations as lived in Australia today. In many ways, these
essays, and what they represent together, could be described as Legal
Biographies. For a very long time, Legal Biographies have been written
to animate the study of the common law and its institutions through
lives of jurists and judges.
   In our own time, writers and scholars have reanimated the genre
of legal biography in several different ways. For example: to record the
public engagements of legal lives (AJ Brown (2011) on Justice Kirby,
Michael Pelly (2014) onJustice Gleeson); to explore and complicate the
role and purpose of legal institutions (Roberts 2014; Wheeler 2011);
to understand the development and  performance of legal thought
(Goodrich 2013; Lacey 2004; Rundle 2009); and to draw institutions
into relationships and recognition of the way legal lives speak official
and marginal histories (Mulcahy & Sugarman 2015).' What we would
like to emphasise as editors of this special issue - as well as collaborators
on the articulation of a set of activities we call jurisography - is how
Legal Biographies projects might also be thought of as projects of


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