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From election to sacrifice
Reflections on Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”

  • Publication type: Journal article
  • Journal: Considérant Revue du droit imaginé
    2020, n° 2
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  • Author: Briard (Mathilde)
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  • Abstract: If Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” can be seen as a political pamphlet, it denounces injustice above all. Election by lot presents a chance event emptied of its meaning, relating to statistical probability rather than the invitation of destiny. This nihilism gives rise to a model of perfect injustice: it is abstract and empty, but in the hands of the group, and exercised against the individual. This injustice leads to a failed sacrifice, in which the chosen scapegoat, far from founding a culture, turns against it.
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  • Pages: 183 to 200
  • Last edition: 2020
  • Journal: Journal of Imagined Law, n° 2

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  • ISBN: 978-2-406-10145-1
  • ISSN: 2677-4232
  • DOI: 10.15122/isbn.978-2-406-10146-8.p.0183
  • Publisher: Classiques Garnier
  • Parution date: 03-11-2020
  • Periodicity: Annual
  • Language: French
  • Keywords: Injustice, election, chance, sacrifice, scapegoat, nihilism
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