Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 December 2019

208 Pages

6.14 x 9.21 inches

ISBN: 9781474420839

Bookseller Code (06)

Imagined States

Law and Literature in Nigeria, 1900-66

First Edition

Katherine Isobel Baxter

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Edinburgh Critical Studies in Law Literature and the Humanities

  • Examines representations of the law in British and Nigerian high-brow, middle-brow and popular fiction and journalism between 1900 and 1966
  • Draws on rare archives of Nigerian newspaper reports and local government papers from the period
  • Explores how ethical issues of late colonial and early postcolonial law in Africa were played out in the pages of highly diverse texts
  • Draws on the political philosophy of Agamben, particularly his interpretation of the state of exception and the homo sacer, to illustrate the paradoxes of the colonial and postcolonial legal systems wittingly and unwittingly uncovered by these texts