Private pain versus public shame: González Sinde’s female lawyer in La suerte dormida/Sleeping Luck (2003)

LOUIS, Anja (2018). Private pain versus public shame: González Sinde’s female lawyer in La suerte dormida/Sleeping Luck (2003). Law and Humanities. (In Press)

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Abstract

This article analyses the representation of a female lawyer whose personal tragedy encourages her to become a heroine lawyer for the socially disadvantaged. It explores a female filmmaker’s account of a woman lawyer fighting for a lost cause and examines in what way the public/private, law/justice and reason/emotion dichotomies are played out in her public performance and private life. Central to my discussion will be the significance of emotion in filmmaking, law and social justice. I use Carl Plantinga’s seminal work on the emotional experience of the spectator and his cognitive-perceptual account of the viewing process, and combine it with a fruitful discussion of the genre of female lawyer films, as theorized by Cynthia Lucia and Orit Kamir in two pioneering studies on female lawyer films. This article fills a significant critical gap in the field of Spanish law and film. Positioned at the intersection between law, film and emotion, it gives space to a productive cross-fertilization of theories of spectatorship and the female lawyer film.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
Departments: Sheffield Business School > Management
Identification Number: 10.1080/17521483.2018.1447297
Depositing User: Anja Louis
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2018 11:41
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2018 20:03
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/18416

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