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Manuela Klaut: On the Run from the Law: Alexander Kluge’s
On the Run from the Law: Alexander Kluge’s "Yesterday Girl" as Cinematic Institution of Subsumption
(p. 197 – 216)

Manuela Klaut

On the Run from the Law: Alexander Kluge’s "Yesterday Girl" as Cinematic Institution of Subsumption

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Manuela Klaut

studied business administration in Halberstadt and media culture at the Bauhaus University in Weimar. In 2012, she organized the first festival for legal cases, Just in Case, together with Fabian Steinhauer. After completing her PhD on theories of the legal case as a medium of knowledge transfer in 2019, she is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Theater, Film and Media Studies at Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main and at Leuphana University, Lüneburg.
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Once considered a stepchild of social theory, legal criticism has received a great deal of attention in recent years, perpetuating what has always been an ambivalent relationship. On the one hand, law is praised for being a cultural achievement, on the other, it is criticised for being an instrument of state oppression. Legal criticism’s strategies to deal with this ambivalence differ greatly: while some theoreticians seek to transcend the institution of law altogether, others advocate a transformation of the form of law or try to employ counter-hegemonic strategies to change the content of law, deconstruct its basis or invent rights. By presenting a variety of heterogeneous approaches to legal criticism, this volume points out transitions and exhibits irreconcilable differences of these approaches. Without denying the diversity of different forms of critique, they are related to one another with the aim of broadening the debates which all too often are conducted only within the boundaries of the separate theoretical currents.