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Postcolonial AsylumSeeking Sanctuary Before the Law$
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David Farrier

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846314803

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317132

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Terms of Hospitality

Terms of Hospitality

(p.153) Chapter 5 Terms of Hospitality
Postcolonial Asylum
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This chapter explores the value of reciprocal narratives in revising the place of the asylum seeker before the law. In particular, it considers a sovereign's capacity to set the conditions for offering hospitality as well as the temporal experience of claiming asylum for a fixed or indefinite term. It also looks at the current asylum determination process in the United Kingdom and offers a reading of Abdulrazak Gurnah's 2001 novel By the Sea within the framework of Jacques Derrida's hospitality theory. The chapter argues that Gurnah rejects the strategy of assuming a status of bare life in favour of a more dialogic approach encapsulated in Adriana Cavarero's relational theory of the narratable self.

Keywords:   Abdulrazak Gurnah, asylum, By the Sea, reciprocal narratives, hospitality, United Kingdom, Jacques Derrida, Adriana Cavarero, narratable self

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