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Published: 30 April 2020

272 Pages

9 × 6 inches

ISBN: 9781789621136

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Singing the Law

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

Peter Leman

Liverpool University Press

Postcolonialism Across the Disciplines LUP

  • The first book devoted exclusively to law and literature in East Africa
  • One of the first books to explore, in depth, how recognizing African orature as a form of law changes how we see works of African literature that incorporate oral conventions
  • Uses rare archival sources from the Royal Library in Copenhagen, Aberystwyth University Law School, and the Kenya National Archives
  • Offers an exciting new perspective on East Africa's critical place in the development of modern law
  • One of the first books of its kind to examine British colonial time in relationship to law and literature