Figures of Rule

Douglas Kerr

in Eastern Figures

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9789622099340
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206892 | DOI:
Figures of Rule

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This chapter discusses the figure of rule, which is different from the figures of the jungle and the crowd, and is both more abstract and more polymorphous. It looks at anarchy in the East, which is found in the Malayan trilogy of Anthony Burgess. The novels are about history and follow the fortunes of Victor Crabbe in Malaya. The chapter discusses the British and the rule of law, which is an institution and a story about the East and West. Further on in the chapter, the author discusses the other orders (the contesting local practices and jurisdictions) and the hard cases. The latter involves conversations between the ruler and the ruled, as presented in the works of Coates, Woolf, and Scott.

Keywords: figures of rule; anarchy; Malayan trilogy; Anthony Burgess; rule of law; British; local practices; jurisdictions; hard cases

Chapter.  15558 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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