IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1117: Emotion and the Law

Wednesday 12 July 2006, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Madeline H. Caviness, Department of Art & Art History, Tufts University, Massachusetts
Moderator/Chair:Daniel Smail, Department of History, Harvard University
Paper 1117-aAll the Court's a Stage: Acting out the Law
(Language: English)
Susan L'Engle, Vatican Film Library, Saint Louis University, Missouri
Index terms: Canon Law, Law, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1117-bThe Face(s) of the Law in the Sachsenspiegel
(Language: English)
Charles G. Nelson, Department of German, Tufts University, Massachusetts
Index terms: Law
Paper 1117-cPicturing Emotion and Just Punishments: Contrition or Martyrdom?
(Language: English)
Madeline H. Caviness, Department of Art & Art History, Tufts University, Massachusetts
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Gender Studies, Law
Abstract

Three scholars of high medieval illustrated law books will consider and debate the performative roles of representations of emotion. The interaction of lawyers, judges, and plaintiffs is ordered and posed in all the manuscripts under consideration, even though they deal with highly charged events, such as murder hanging, and exile. Whereas in the books of canon and Roman law many figures pictorially evoke a wide range of emotions, those in the secular book known as the Sachsenspiegel are generally without affect. In two German books of town law, executioners rather than their victims exhibit violent body language and contorted faces.