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Critical Directions in Comics Studies$
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Thomas Giddens

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496828996

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496828996.001.0001

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Theological “Seeing” of Law

Theological “Seeing” of Law

Daredevil, Christian Iconography, and Legal Aesthetics

(p.77) 4 Theological “Seeing” of Law
Critical Directions in Comics Studies

Timothy D. Peters

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter argues that comics involve a form of critical seeing—and, in particular, a critical seeing of law. It analyzes not just what it is that we see when we read or view comics, but a way of ‘seeing’ both law and the world ‘with’ comics. Drawing upon the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, the chapter begins to elaborate a phenomenological analysis of comics as encompassing this form of critical legal visuality through a reading of the superhero character Daredevil and his comics. It argues that Daredevil involves an intertwining of legal and theological accounts of the world, which is reflected in the formal aspects of the comics. It demonstrates how the theological ‘seeing with’ the comics form invokes a greater sense of encountering and experiencing the world as real, as actual and with which we should engage, involving a possibility of re-forming our approach to the law.

Keywords:   Daredevil, Lady Justice, Legal theology, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Cultural legal studies

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