Bad Cops

  • Todd McGowanEmail author
Part of the Performance Philosophy book series (PPH)


The comedy of the law derives from its relation to enjoyment. On the one hand, the law interdicts enjoyment. But the more that the law prohibits, the more potential the subject has to enjoy itself, because it uses the prohibition of enjoyment to create avenues for enjoyment. Thus, the law is inherently contradictory. It creates the possibility for the subject to become excessive in a way that would be impossible without the law’s interference. We laugh at the law because it continuously delivers excess alongside the lack that it produces in the subject. This intersection of lack and excess is the comic moment. Nothing highlights this comic intersection like the law.


Law Franz Kafka Police Enjoyment Lack Obsession 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of VermontBurlingtonUSA

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