This article reviews Cornelia Vismann's 2008 book Files: Law and Media Technology. In addition to an overview of Vismann's media materialist approach to the study of the law, it provides both a consideration of her relationship to Friedrich Kittler's media theory and a more focused examination of certain functional writing entities that might extend Vismann's genealogical approach. It is suggested that a closer analysis of one such entity, the list, can offer further insight into the epistemological and ontological questions the book provokes.

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Keywords archive, documentation, law, legal theory, media archaeology, media theory
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Journal Theory, Culture & Society
Young, L. (2013). Files, Lists, and the Material History of the Law. Theory, Culture & Society (Vol. 30, pp. 160–172). doi:10.1177/0263276413484942