Law, Text, Terror

LAW, TEXT, TERROR, Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming

10 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2009

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Ian Ward

University of Newcastle upon Tyne - Faculty of Law

Date Written: October 16, 2009


The relationship between law and terrorism has re-emerged recently as a pressing issue in contemporary jurisprudence. Terrorism appears to take law to its limit, whilst the demands of counter-terrorism hold the cause of justice in contempt. At this point the case for engaging alternative intellectual approaches and resources is compelling. Ian Ward argues that through a closer appreciation of the ethical and aesthetical dimensions of terror, as well as the historical, political and cultural, we can better comprehend modern expressions and experiences of terrorism. For this reason, alongside juristic responses to modern expressions of terrorism, Law, Text, Terror examines a variety of supplementary literary texts as well as alternative intellectual approaches; from the drama of Euripides and Shakespeare, to the rhetoric and poetry of Burke and Shelley, the literary feminisms of Lessing and Rame, and the narrative existentialism of Conrad, Coetzee, Dostoevsky and DeLillo.

• Grapples with one of the most pressing questions facing contemporary society: how to define terrorism

• Draws on evidence from legal, political and literary worlds to promote a measured, appropriate response to terror

• Engaging tone guides the scholar and new student alike through complex arguments and hyperbole dominating the field

Keywords: Terrorism, Armed Struggle, Literary Theory, Law & Society, Socio-Legal Studies, International Relations & Organization

Suggested Citation

Ward, Ian, Law, Text, Terror (October 16, 2009). LAW, TEXT, TERROR, Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN:

Ian Ward (Contact Author)

University of Newcastle upon Tyne - Faculty of Law ( email )

21-24 Windsor Terrace
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU
United Kingdom
+ 191 222 7620 (Phone)

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