Introduction: Visualizing law and authority / Leif Dahlberg
"Iconic" texts of law and religion : a tale of two decalogues / Martin A. Kayman
Law suits : clothing as the image of law / Gary Watt
Law and the equivocal image : sacred and profane in royal portraiture / Paul Raffield
Mise en scène and subversion of political power through dance : Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet / Sidia Fiorato
Mapping the law of Stockholm : reading old maps of Stockholm as representing and constituting judicial space / Leif Dahlberg
Mapping absence : maps as meta-artistic discourse in literature / Elina Drucker
Iconology of law and dis-order in the television series Law & order special victims unit / Chiara Battisti
Body politics : normative gaze, carnal intimacy and touching pain in Vanessa Beecroft's art / Ari Hirvonen
Mirroring the law : Michelangelo Pistoletto, Santiago Sierra, Tehching Hsieh, and Chantal Akerman / Christine Poggi
Body and authority in contemporary art : Tehching Hsieh's one-year performance / Max Liljefors
Global panopticism : on the eye of power in modern surveillance society and post-Orwellian self-surveillance and sousveillance-strategies in modern art / Karen-Margrethe Simonsen
Crime evidence : "simulacres et simulations, " photography as forensic evidence / Daniela Carpi
Constitutional purgatory : shades and presences inside the courtroom / Richard K. Sherwin.
"The volume "Visualizing Law and Authority. Essays on Legal Aesthetics" brings together revised papers from the international conference "Law and the Image", held in Stockholm, 24-25 September, 2010. The participants/contributors belong to the disciplines of Art history, Cultural studies, Literary and Media studies, and Law. The contributions discuss the complex relations between law, media and visual phenomena. The common theme of the essays consists in an examination of the scopic field and of regimes of visibility in phenomenological terms, arguing that law constitutes a cognitive and aesthetic field of normative world-making. Rather than merely inverting Shelley's dictum that the "poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world", the essays argue in different ways for the necessity to develop a legal aesthetics"-- Provided by publisher.