In this Article, I will examine this socially constitutive function of narratives in the enactment of Washington State's Sexually Violent Predators Act.'0 This Act is a prime recent example of how social narratives-in this case, narratives of violence, pain, and outrage-lie behind the official language of the law. As Winter would point out, narrative was the vehicle that prompted legal change. The question for this Article, however, is what happens once the story has been recast into another form, here that of a statute? How well do the immediacy of the details and the authorial voice of the story lend themselves to the generalized and categorizing language of a rule?
J. Christopher Rideout, So What's in a Name? A Rhetorical Reading of Washington's Sexually Violent Predators Act, 15 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 781 (1992).