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Imagined StatesLaw and Literature in Nigeria, 1900-66$
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Katherine Isobel Baxter

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474420839

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420839.001.0001

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Introduction: Literature, Imagination and the State of Exception

Introduction: Literature, Imagination and the State of Exception

(p.1) Introduction: Literature, Imagination and the State of Exception
Imagined States

Katherine Isobel Baxter

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter provides an introduction to the key ideas (statehood, the state of exception, imagination, law and civilisation) with which the book as a whole engages and how they relate to each other. The chapter also introduces several key interlocutors (e.g. Giorgio Agamben, Nasser Hussain, Benedict Anderson) on whose work the book builds. Discussion of these interlocutors indicates how their scholarship informs the book and some of the challenges that the book offers to their work. A summary of each of the ensuing chapters is provided with an explanation of the parameters of the book and its critical aims.

Keywords:   Literature, Law, Fiction, Imagination, State of Exception, Civilisation, Colonialism, Giorgio Agamben

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