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ENG 221 Study Guide - Final Guide: William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Robert Cover

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ENG 221
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General terms:
- Nomos: a normative world (described by Robert Cover)
- Opposing Value System: the value system that goes against the law
- Legal Failure: when the law fails to punish or uphold justice
- Law’s relationship to violence/ domination: the law can take the side of violence and be
the act of violence.
- Law as a substitute for vengeance: instead of getting vengeance, the law is a way to get
- Colonialism: the British colonizing Nigeria; largely an economic relationship; the process
of re-creating specific foreign lands as colonies.
- Ethnography: the writing of culture
- Emic: from within the group in question; how members of a given social group
understand their own practices.
- Etic: from the outside, how an outside observer views the group’s perspective.
Robert Covers, Nomos and Narrative”:
- Deuteronomy:
- Bob Jones Uni vs. The United States: only allowed black students to enroll when married
to another black person because the Bible forbids interracial relationships.
- Insular communities: Mennonites, Quakers, Amish- depend on 1st amendment to
secure religious freedom.
- Their right to practice their religious nomos under the 1st amendment is what
makes the United States a livable place, so without the 1st amendment, it is a
fundamental threat to their existence.
- Antislavery constitutionalism:
- Perfectionists: example- William Lloyd Garrison
- Radical constitutionalist: example- Fredrick Douglass
- Jurisgenesis: law creating
- Juispathetic: law destroying actions
- Can cause the legal system to wither and the law to have less meaning
- Commitment: people live out their ideals even if a recipient of violence; has to deal with
the end result.
In Cold Blood:
- The new journalism: the problem with facts; newspapers jump from facts to facts and
focused only on the fathers achievements and not the rest of the family.
- Middle America: a refusal to embrace modern life; has some of the American dream
values; family and hardwork are valued.
- Counterculture: beliefs countered to middle Americans; seeking freedom without
- Documentary style: example- Perry keeps his fathers letters close to him
- Fictional style: creates fake conversations to give us a more in depth look into the
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