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Lam, Anita. "Chewing in the name of justice: The taste of law in action." Law Text Culture 16. (2012): 155–82. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
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BibTeX citation key: Lam2012
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Keywords: "Chew", Crime comics, Guillory. Rob, Intermediality, Justice, Layman. John, USA
Creators: Lam
Collection: Law Text Culture
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“Using Chew, Volume One: Taster’s Choice as an exploratory case study, I will now analyse what happens when the central metaphor for understanding law’s practice of knowing is not visually-oriented, but instead related to the processes of eating and digesting food. In considering Tony Chu as a psychic medium that extends law’s gaze through the addition of taste, I will structure my analysis using Marshall McLuhan’s (1964) argument that all media are extensions of our human senses. A summary of McLuhan’s argument can be found in part 1 of this article. In part 2, I will consider law’s occularcentrism and introduce the concept of taste as it is represented in Chew as a helpful medium for engaging with crime and justice. In part 3, McLuhan’s insights about media will be used to examine representations of Tony as a psychic medium and as a site of embodied knowledge. In part 4, these same insights will be used in an examination of the medium of comics, namely in a discussion of how the sense of taste is translated into the visual medium of comics. In doing so, the comic book illustrator translates taste into the sensory medium privileged by law, but does so through the cool medium of the comic. Unlike law, the cool medium of comics invites the reader to be a willing and conscious collaborator in interpreting the unfolding of narrative and graphic events.” (156–157)
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