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Atlantean Prose and the Search for Democracy
the crit: critical legal stud. j. (2009)
  • Nick J Sciullo
Abstract

Atlantis, the Lost City, has been a focal point of folklore, archeological inquiry, literary criticism, and mystic interpretation. It has boggled the brilliant, confused scientists, and sparked the interest of children. "Skeptics, archaeologists, geologists, and anthropologists may rant and rave, but the myth of Atlantis endures. In every generation, someone emerges to champion the cause and to embroider the story." But the significance of Atlantean prose as an avenue through which to best understand critical legal thought has not been explored in depth. To be sure, there have been numerous books, articles, and opinions analyzing Atlantis, but little attention has been given to the legal significance of this type of storytelling. What does it mean to engage myth? How can legal scholars and practitioners learn from and use lessons of antiquity? Where does modern narrative theory fit into traditional legal discourse? I ask the reader to dive into the depths with me and consider what Atlantis can teach us about democracy, critical legal studies, and the rule of law.

Keywords
  • Nick J. Sciullo,
  • Atlantis,
  • democracy,
  • democratic theory,
  • narrative,
  • myth,
  • utopia
Publication Date
2009
Citation Information
Nick J Sciullo. "Atlantean Prose and the Search for Democracy" the crit: critical legal stud. j. Vol. 2 (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/nickjsciullo/2/