In the last few years, a number of literary scholars and not a few legal writers have pondered the disappearance of the self from both literary analysis and law. Is consciousness, the “I” of literature and litigation, receding in importance, and, if so, is self-effacement a virtue or mere pretense carried out under concealed premises?

Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, two prominent critical race theorists, one a well known exponent of legal storytelling, argue that the deconstruction of the self is an impossibility in engaged scholarship, particularly in the law, and proceeds under the guise of a reactionary politics, to boot.

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