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date: 21 February 2020

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This chapter shows what digital resources can reveal about the prehistory of the Miranda warning. The first part of the chapter offers an extensive, database-driven survey that takes novelistic representation as its focus. Conversely, by studying a particular work, and focusing not only on its content but also on how it uses plot and character, we can ask about its animating logic, posing questions about how a text works rather than what it says or shows overtly. The second part takes a more intensive approach, asking how Oscar Wilde’s novel The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890–1891) uses various techniques of representation to explore the logic of obscenity law—a logic that also applies to the legal regulation of language in other contexts, such as libel and sedition.

Keywords: digital databases, legal analysis, law, Miranda warning, Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, obscenity law, language, libel, sedition

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