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Elizabeth S. Anker and Bernadette Meyler

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190456368

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190456368.001.0001

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Weak Reparation

Weak Reparation

Law and Literature Networked

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(p.359) Chapter 21 Weak Reparation
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New Directions in Law and Literature
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Wai Chee Dimock

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190456368.003.0022

“Weak Reparation” proposes a new methodological debate in law and literature, inspired by Eve Sedgwick’s “reparative reading” and broadening the discussion to enlist literature as a key player in the longstanding debate between punitive justice and reparative justice. Beginning with Faulkner’s attempt to make amends to Japan after the Second World War, the chapter explores his parallel effort to make amends to the displaced indigenous populations in Mississippi. Largely wishful on Faulkner’s part, this attempt at reparation becomes more grounded only when it is accidentally crowd-sourced, distributed to a weak network, with James Barnes and Lucien Stryk as newly added, input-bearing mediators.

Keywords:   weak network, mediation, punitive justice, reparative justice, Faulkner, Japan, Second World War, Native Americans, dispossession

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