Legal Oppositional Narrative

Legal Oppositional Narrative : A Case Study in Cameroon

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The book investigates opposition to the Cameroonian social and legal order through prose and theatre that employs legal themes, settings, and language as well as actual legal decisions. The conclusion is that opposition though ironic appropriation of legal discourse is more promising in fostering social justice than direct resistance to the legal hierarchy.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 188 pages
  • 158 x 228 x 26mm | 399.16g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739113186
  • 9780739113189

About Stephen L. Bishop

Stephen L. Bishop is associate professor of French and Francophone literature at the University of New Mexico.show more

Review quote

Stephen Bishop's work on the legal oppositional narrative in both fictional and actual cases from Cameroon affirms the ongoing necessity to engage in a discourse rife with strategies that avoid open rebellion in favor of irony, parody, humor and derision, thereby attacking the institutions by manipulation of their own codes of expression. In the context of law and literature, Bishop breaks new ground by proposing a rare glimpse into the African experience, extrapolated from his own rich experience in Cameroon. -- Jacquie Berben, Universite de Nice, France Stephen Bishop examines a simple idea - telling stories through law - from a variety of critical perspectives. His use of Cameroon as a case study illuminates the complex relationships between law, the individual and dominant discourses and institutions. This is a rich and satisfying study. -- Bruce Carolan, Head of the School of Social Sciences and Law at the Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland Bishop uses a variety of legal narratives in both French and English: plays, short stories, novels, and legal documents to illustrate the range of their ability to influence - or not - Cameroon's legal system. -- Eloise Briere, Albany University Research in African Literatures This book breaks new ground in African studies and is a worthy contribution to the fields of law and literature. -- Frieda Ekotto, associate professor of French and francophone studies at the University of Michiganshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Prologue: "I Cannot Write in Their Place" Chapter 2 Introduction: Why Cameroon Matters Chapter 3 1 Why Law and Literature Matters in the African Context Chapter 4 2 Always Already Outlawed Chapter 5 3 Clando Writing and Judicious Reading Chapter 6 4 Legally Appropriate Appropriation Chapter 7 5 Writing Clados and Reading Juridis Chapter 8 Bibliographyshow more