Every Breath You Take: Stalking Narratives and the Law (Hardback)Orit Kamir (author)
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The study shows how Lilith--Jewish mythology's Queen of Demons--as Western culture's archetypal female stalker, eventually inspired the construction of the images of the medieval witch and nineteenth-century prostitute. Similarly, the vampire--our culture's archetypal male stalker--can be seen in Frankenstein's creature, in Mr. Hyde, and in Dracula, as well as in more contemporary images of male stalkers (such as Robert DeNiro's taxi driver and Halloween's Michael). Orit Kamir posits that in the twentieth century, film was the major force in developing images of male and female stalkers, leading to a moral panic that resulted in the 1980s anti-stalking laws. Careful reading of these laws reveals that they address cultural images of archetypal stalkers rather than the actual social phenomenon of stalking, which involves ordinary men and women, not mythological monsters.
The book is unusual in its combination of cultural studies with a sociological perspective and legal analysis. It argues that legal analysis can be greatly informed by close, critical textual reading of both relevant stories and social phenomena. It will be of keen interest to those in critical legal studies as well as scholars in film, literature, and folklore.
Orit Kamir is Professor of Law, Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 233 x 163 x 26 mm
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