Drawing the Line
Toward an Aesthetics of Transitional Justice
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Fordham University Press
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My fi rst thanks go to Peter Fitzpatrick and Drucilla Cornell: At Peter’s gen-erous invitation I presented a paper at a Critical Legal Studies Conference in Johannesburg in 2003. My disciplinary base is in English literature, but in preparing for this conference, new lines of enquiry were suddenly open to me, and I realized that I could participate in diﬀ erent kinds of conversa-...
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...“Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere,” G. K. Chester-ton wrote in 1928, insisting on the necessity—if also the contingency—of marking a limit in the act of making an ethical decision (Chesterton 1928, 780). Yet the act of drawing this line is an art as much as it is a question of morality. A line drawn reconfi gures space: It divides yet juxtaposes two ...
1Drawing the Line
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...“In many ways law is colonialism’s fi rst language,” writes Gary Boire in his afterword to the special edition of Ariel: Law, Literature, Postcoloniality (Boire 2004, 231). Th is chapter pays attention to this “fi rst language”—the scene of the nomos, that very fi rst signifi cant plough line drawn in the ground, mark-ing the boundary of an arrogated territory. Th is act of drawing the line is ...
2Redrawing the Lines
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In a striking passage from his autobiographical work, Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela gives his account of the initial hearings of the Rivonia Trial I entered the court that Monday morning wearing a traditional Xhosa leopard-skin kaross instead of a suit and tie. Th e crowd of support-ers rose as one and with raised clenched fi sts shouted “Amandla!” and ...
3Justice and the Art of Transition
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In conversation with Angela Breidbach, South African artist and fi lmmaker William Kentridge speaks about his early interest in art: “I come from a very logical and rational family. My father is a lawyer. I had to establish myself in the world as not just being his son, his child. I had to fi nd a way of arriving at knowledge that was not subject to cross-examination, not subject to legal ...
4Intersections:Ethics and Aesthetics
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At the traﬃ c-light intersection, where one crosses over the M3 from New-lands Avenue into Rhodes Drive in Cape Town, the wait for the lights to change from red to green takes an eternity, not least in summer, with two children, but without airconditioning in our Golf Chico, when tempera-tures in Cape Town sometimes rise above 40 degrees Celsius. As the lights ...
5Poets, Philosophers, and Other Animals
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...“On the list of the nation’s priorities,” says Lucy Lurie of J. M. Coetzee’s novel Disgrace, “animals come nowhere” (Coetzee 1999a, 73). Certainly the Constitution of South Africa makes no specifi c mention of animals other than human—unsurprisingly so, given the context of this new constitu-tion, that is to say, the radical change in human politics and the national ...
6Visible and Invisible:What Surfaces in Th ree Johannesburg Novels?
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When Welcome to Our Hillbrow was published in 2001, I asked my friend and the author of the novel, Phaswane Mpe, to sign my copy: “Welcome to our Heaven of fi ctions!” he wrote, alluding to our earlier joking conversa-tion about the novel’s Heaven TV lounge. I was pleased with this inscrip-tion. Certainly, “our Heaven of fi ctions” seemed a more congenial place to ...
7Who Are We?
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My starting point is an observation that David Schalkwyk makes about linguistic “shifters” in his Speech and Performance in Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Plays: Linguistic shifters—words such as “I,” “we,” “you,” “here,” and “now”—pick out their referents through deixis rather than through the “rigid designation” of a proper name. A text (I use the word in its broadest ...
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In what has become a seminal paper in South African jurisprudence, for-mer Constitutional judge Yvonne Mokgoro writes about ubuntu in an in-teresting way. “Ubuntu, a Zulu word with botho as its sesotho equivalent,” Mokgoro explains, “has generally been described as a world-view of African societies and a determining factor in the formation of perceptions which ...
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Roger Berkowitz, Th e Gift of Science: Leibniz and the Modern Legal Jean-Luc Nancy, translated by Pascale-Anne Brault and Michael Naas, Drucilla Cornell and Kenneth Michael Panfi lio, Symbolic Forms for a New Humanity: Cultural and Racial Reconfi gurations of Critical Th eoryKarl Shoemaker, Sanctuary and Crime in the Middle Ages, 400–1500...
Page Count: 224
Illustrations: 10 b/w
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Just Ideas (FUP)