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States of Emergency: Colonialism, Literature and Law

Stephen Morton


This book investigates the multiple ways in which states of emergency and the exercise of colonial sovereignty have been mediated in literary and cultural texts, and examines the contribution that literary and cultural texts have made to our understanding of the legal, ethical and political significance of states of emergency from the late nineteenth century to the present. More specifically, the book considers how the historical and rhetorical formations of colonial sovereignty, states of emergency and the use of force help to elucidate contemporary formations of counter-terrorism, such as th ... More

Keywords: emergency law, states of exception, colonialism, soveriengty, postcolonial, literature, law, Giorgio Agamben

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781846318498
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846318498.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Morton, author
University of Southampton