Some Thoughts on American Legal Culture: the Legal ‘Abject’ in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and in William Gaddis’ A Frolic of His Own.

by Anna-Maria Konsta, Adjunct Professor in Humanities and Social Science Division of American College of Thessaloniki

Abstract: This paper offers a critical discussion of how some elements of American legal culture can transform legal subjects into abjects. The concept of the abject, which originated in the works of Kristeva, exists in between the concept of a subject and the concept of an object. Abjection describes the state of often marginalized groups, such as convicts, the poor, the aged or the disabled. The analysis is based on two well known American literary works: The Crucible by Arthur Miller and A Frolic of His Own by William Gaddis.

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