Jack Quirk is an English Ph.D. student in the English Department at Brown University, working mainly on Anglophone modernist literature, law, and critical theory. His work includes reviews in Law & Literature and Law, Culture, and the Humanities, and a forthcoming article on Joyce in Journal of Modern Literature.
What do images have to do with the law? A lot, as it turns out. To make sense of an image requires the viewer to imagine a form of life. To imagine a form of life is to imagine a form of law. So law owes its existence to images; they clothe its abstract existence in sensible form.