I have recently been reminded that many of the people currently in my life don't know about my Career Before Fiction. I had one, as a legal scholar and teacher, mostly writing about legal language and rhetoric, and mostly in the area of sex- and sex-related descrimination.
It's possible that no one's interested, but just in case, I thought I'd post the titles to some legal scholarship I published earlier in my career as an academic:
- "Hooting: Public and Popular Discourse About Sex Discrimination", University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 31:551 (1998). http://scholarsarchive.jwu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi…
- "The Culture of Risk: Deconstructing Mutual Mistake", American Business Law Journal 34:429 (1997).
- "Avoiding the Personal Pronoun: The Rhetoric of Display and Camouflage in the Law of Sexual Orientation", Rutgers Law Review 46:1313 (1994). http://scholarsarchive.jwu.edu/humanities_fac/30/
- "Talking About Judges, Talking About Women: Constitutive Rhetoric in the Johnson Controls Case", American Business Law Journal 31:117 (1993).
(Links provided above aren't to the articles in their original publications, but to the Scholars Archive site at my university, where I've allowed them to be posted.)
I won't claim that these are particularly earth-shattering. Certainly my uses of feminist and queer theory are derivative. But I hope that the lens of constitutive rhetoric (for which I must footnote my teacher James Boyd White) adds something to the conversation.
You'll notice that most of these are about gender. Gender in law and language has been a fascination of mine for years. For that I can thank the Alpha Delta Phi Society, Christina Brooks Whitman's seminar in Gender & Justice, and the excellent feminist scholar I married.