The Socratic Screenplay: Law, Allegory and Science Fiction in John and Joyce Corrington's Screenplays for The Omega Man and Battle for The Planet of The Apes

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Studies in Law, Politics, and Society


The law-oriented short stories and novels of lawyer/English professor John William Corrington are receiving increasing attention from legal scholars. However; no one has analyzed the science fiction screenplays he co-wrote with his wife, Joyce, from a legal perspective. This article analyzes two such screenplays and concludes that they are "Socratic" texts whose narrative structures and epistemological processes work in much the same way that the traditional participatory exchange works in law school. My analysis explores the links between law, allegory and science fiction as intersecting methods to imagine the possibilities for the future.

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