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Thursday, November 05, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Christopher Fairman's "Fuck"

Over the summer, Christopher Fairman invited me to present my work in progress "IP as Charity" at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. I was very much looking forward to meeting him, but sadly, the day before the presentation, he died of cardiac arrest.

By way of tribute, I was pleased to be able to include his excellent (& controversial!) article "Fuck" among the readings in my Law & Popular Culture seminar. My students very much enjoyed discussing the article, in the context of Michel Foucault and Howard Becker, and the following week, one of them sent me a link to this NPR story reporting that the pedigree of the word "fuck" may be even older than previously realized, dating back to the 14th century. I'm sure Fairman would have been pleased.

Posted by Brian Frye on November 5, 2015 at 12:05 PM | Permalink


I was an Articles Editor of my law review when this article came through. We all read it but -- incorrectly, in my view -- we chose not to publish it. Perhaps controversial, but it's a great article. Isn't good scholarship supposed to raise some hackles!?

Posted by: Josh Douglas | Nov 5, 2015 3:02:35 PM

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