States of Emergency

Colonialism, Literature and Law

Stephen Morton

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ISBN: 9781781381144

Publication: October 13, 2014

Series: Postcolonialism Across the Disciplines 11

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How can literature and culture from the postcolonial world help us to understand the relationship between law and violence associated with a state of emergency? And what light can legal narratives of emergency shed on postcolonial writing? States of Emergency: Colonialism, Literature and Law examines how violent anti-colonial struggles and the legal, military and political techniques employed by colonial governments to contain them have been imagined in literature and law. Through a series of case studies, the book considers how colonial states of exception have been defined and represented in the contexts of Ireland, India, South Africa, Algeria, Kenya, and Israel-Palestine, and concludes with an assessment of the continuities between these colonial states of emergency and the ‘wars on terror’ in Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern Pakistan. By doing so, the book considers how techniques of sovereignty, law and violence are reconfigured in the colonial present.

Dr Stephen Morton is Senior Lecturer in English, University of Southampton.

A Notes on Translations Acknowledgements Introduction PART I 1. Sovereignty, Sacrifice and States of Emergency in Colonial Ireland 2. Terrorism, Literature and Sedition in Colonial India PART II 3. States of Emergency, the Apartheid Legal Order, and the Tradition of the Oppressed in South African Fiction 4. Torture, Indefinite Detention, and the Colonial State of Emergency in Kenya 5. Narratives of Torture and Trauma in Algeria’s Colonial State of Exception PART II 6.The Palestinian Tradition of the Oppressed and the Colonial Genealogy of Israel’s State of Exception Conclusion Bibliography Index

Stephen Morton’s insightful study, States of Emergency. Colonialism, Literature and Law... is highly relevant and is written in an engaging and readable style.

  Year's Work in English Studies

Morton briefly reminds the reader of States of Emergency that it is even now, perhaps all the more, and more than a century after the “dynamite novels” that pulped the London literary and political scenery, necessary “to imagine a form of justice beyond the liberal fictions of human rights, democracy and the normal of law.”
Barbara Harlow   Research in African Literatures

An impressive book on a fascinating and important subject.
Stephen Howe  
University of Bristol

Format: Paperback

Size: 234 x 156 mm

256 Pages

ISBN: 9781781381144

Publication: October 13, 2014

Series: Postcolonialism Across the Disciplines 11

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