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Outlaws and Spies: Legal Exclusion in Law and Literature

ISBN13: 9781474455947
To be Published: February 2022
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2020)
Price: £24.99
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9781474455930

Examines the role of literature in representing and critiquing the exclusion from law as an enduring tactic of state power Reads outlaw literature and espionage literature together Shows how these genres represent and critique the longstanding use of legal exclusion as a means of supporting state power Discusses texts ranging from the medieval Robin Hood ballads, Shakespeare’s history plays and versions of the Ned Kelly story to contemporary writing by John le Carré, Don DeLillo, Ciaran Carson and William Gibson Outlaws are often viewed as historical figures of popular resistance, but there is another side to legal exclusion. In offering readings from two bodies of literature not normally read together – the literature of outlawry and the literature of espionage – this book shows that a substantial body of writing within these genres serves an important purpose in representing and critiquing the longstanding use of legal exclusion as a means of supporting state power.

Law and Literature
Outside the Law in the Middle Ages
Sovereign Outlaws: Shakespeare’s Second Tetralogy
The Endurance of Exclusion: Versions of Ned Kelly
‘We’re not policemen’: Espionage and Law in John le Carré
‘All plots tend to move deathward’: Plots and Consequences in Don DeLillo
Unanswered Questions: Ciaran Carson
Contesting the Virtual: William Gibson