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Orwell on Law Scholarship

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5 Responses

  1. Deven says:


    Love Orwell’s essay and the so-called rules.

    This post and this other one were two places it seemed to fit as well.

    Thanks for bringing the essay up. I think it never gets old and assign it in many of my classes.

  2. A.J. Sutter says:

    Thanks for the link to Orwell. Down through the mists of time to our own, present, happy era, I had not been unignorant of it.

    Metaphors are more than just a matter of style, they can give clues to a worldview of which the author might not be consciously aware. It might be helpful for scholars also to have some exposure to the concepts of discourse analysis, narrative theory, or (with some caveats) the “cognitive linguistic” theory of metaphor.

  3. joe says:

    I would be a poor mentee if I didn’t point out my phd adviser’s article on exactly this topic… written in 1984, no less:

    Pamela Samuelson. (1984). Good Legal Writing: of Orwell and Window Panes. University of Pittsburgh Law Review, 46, 149. Retrieved April 30, 2009, from .

  4. Deven says:

    great point, Joe.

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