Dutta, Debolina (2022) Adda. In: Research Handbook on Law and Literature. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., Cheltenham, pp. 147-173. ISBN 9781839102257

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This chapter is a creative, imaginative exercise. I shape a literary, oral form of conversation from Bengal, adda - into a scholarly method for relating life, law and literature at a post-colonial location. Adda belongs to an artistic and literary genre where it is not solely a tradition of letters, or only about public and published texts, but is embedded in a linguistic tradition in the form of the oral or moukhik. I re-work this oral tradition to engage with activist literature authored by a sex worker collective in India called DMSC, and to tell a story about the productions of a sex worker feminist jurisprudence. Adda as method helps acknowledge the productions of feminist jurisprudential knowledge as a form and expression of relationships. Simultaneously, it helps illustrate how legal imaginations are tied to everyday speech, proximate forms of cohabitation, shared intonations and expressions, aesthetic sensibilities and relational forms of living, of which the activists' texts are a part. As a feminist intellectual project in law and literature, my method is motivated by an impulse to enliven how the art of conversations found the relations which inform feminist intellectual practices of law.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Law and Legal Studies
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Amees Mohammad
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2022 05:53
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