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Outlaws and Spies: Legal Exclusion in Law and Literature

Conor McCarthy


Outlawry and espionage would seem to be quite different phenomena, rarely discussed together. This book argues that they have something in common - that both involve exclusion from law. Challenging previous readings that view outlawry as a now-superseded historical phenomenon, and outlaws as figures of popular resistance, this book argues that legal exclusion is a longstanding and enduring means of supporting state power. Through close analysis of the literatures of outlawry and espionage, this book reads legal exclusion as a key theme in writing about outlaws and spies from the Middle Ages to ... More

Keywords: Outlaws, Spies, Espionage, Homo sacer, William Shakespeare, Ned Kelly, John le Carré, Don DeLillo, Ciaran Carson, William Gibson

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781474455930
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474455930.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Conor McCarthy, author
National Library of Australia