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

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dc.contributor.author Van Rijswijk, Honni en_US
dc.contributor.editor en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-12T03:35:28Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-12T03:35:28Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier 2011004287 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Van Rijswijk Honni 2012, 'Neighbourly Injuries: Proximity in Tort Law and Virginia Woolf's Theory of Suffering', Springer Netherlands, vol. 20, pp. 39-60. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0966-3622 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/19023
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. en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.publisher Springer Netherlands en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10691-012-9195-8 en_US
dc.title Neighbourly Injuries: Proximity in Tort Law and Virginia Woolf's Theory of Suffering en_US
dc.parent Feminist Legal Studies en_US
dc.journal.volume 20 en_US
dc.journal.number en_US
dc.publocation Netherlands en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 39 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 60 en_US
dc.cauo.name LAW.Faculty of law en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 180100 en_US
dc.personcode 108952 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Law en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
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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.staffid 108952 en_US


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