Neighbourly Injuries: Proximity in Tort Law and Virginia Woolf's Theory of Suffering

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dc.identifier.citation Feminist Legal Studies, 2012, 20 pp. 39 - 60
dc.identifier.issn 0966-3622
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.description.abstract 2012 marks the 80th anniversary of Donoghue v Stevenson, a case that is frequently cited as the starting-point for a genealogy of negligence. This genealogy starts with the figure of the neighbour, from which, as Jane Stapleton eloquently describes, a "golden thread" of vulnerability runs into the present (Stapleton 2004, 135). This essay examines the harms made visible and invisible through the neighbour figure, and compares the law's framework to Virginia Woolf's subtle re-imagining and theorisation of responsibility in her novel Mrs. Dalloway (1925). I argue that Woolf critiques and supplements the law's representations of suffering. Woolf was interested in interpreting harms using a framework of neighbourly responsibility, but was also critical of the kinds of proximities recognised by society. Woolf made new harms visible within a framework of proximity: in this way, we might think of Woolf's work as theorizing a feminist aesthetic of justice, and as providing an alternate genealogy of responsibility to Donoghue v Stevenson.
dc.publisher Springer Netherlands
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1007/s10691-012-9195-8
dc.title Neighbourly Injuries: Proximity in Tort Law and Virginia Woolf's Theory of Suffering
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Feminist Legal Studies
dc.journal.volume 20
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dc.publocation Netherlands en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 39 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 60 en_US LAW.Faculty of law en_US
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dc.for 1801 Law
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dc.description.keywords Donoghue v Stevenson; Feminist aesthetics; Feminist ethics; Middle-distance responsibility; Mrs. Dalloway; Virginia Woolf en_US
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dc.description.keywords Donoghue v Stevenson
dc.description.keywords Feminist aesthetics
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dc.description.keywords Middle-distance responsibility
dc.description.keywords Mrs. Dalloway
dc.description.keywords Virginia Woolf
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pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
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