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Singing the Law: Oral Jurisprudence and the Crisis of Colonial Modernity in East African Literature

Peter Leman

Abstract

“Singing the Law” is about the legal lives and afterlives of oral cultures in East Africa, particularly as they appear within the pages of written literatures during the colonial and postcolonial periods. In examining these cultures, I begin with an analysis of the cultural narratives of time and modernity that formed the foundations of British colonial law. Recognizing the contradictory nature of these narratives (i.e., they both promote and retreat from the Euro-centric ideal of temporal progress) enables us to make sense of the many representations of and experiments with non-linear, open-e ... More

Keywords: Literature, Law, Law and Literature, East Africa, Orature, Colonialism, Postcolonialism, Modernity, Global South

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781789621136
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789621136.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Leman, author