Law and Literature Networked
“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.
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