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  • Eli Weinberg: Crowd near Drill Hall on the first day of the Treason Trial, Johannesburg, 19 December 1956.

Associate Professor of English Anne W. Gulick publishes book on Postcolonial Studies

Dr. Anne W. Gulick, Associate Professor of English, has published a book, "Literature, Law, and Rhetorical Performance in the Anticolonial Atlantic", with the Ohio State University Press

Dr. Gulick uncovers a dynamic literary history of African and Caribbean critical engagements with First World law. This transatlantic archive attests to the continuing vitality of anticolonialism as a model for intellectual inquiry and political performance. Dr. Gulick argues that experimentation with declarative forms is a vital rhetorical strategy in the anticolonial Atlantic—one through which writers have asked: Who gets to “write” the law, and under what circumstances? Responses to this question take shape across the black Atlantic from Haiti to South Africa, in texts ranging from Haiti’s Declaration of Independence and work by C. L. R. James to South Africa’s Freedom Charter, Aimé Césaire’s poem Notebook of a Return to the Native Land, and Ngűgĩ wa Thiong'o’s A Grain of Wheat.

Dr. Gulick's book has been praised by Samantha Pinto, a professor at Georgetown University, as "a highly original and thoughtful contribution to Postcolonial Studies...This is the kind of book that literary studies needs, one that claims that language and literature are central to understanding politics and the public, not ancillary or just reflective. It is of interest for those in Postcolonial Studies, Area Studies, Caribbean Studies, African Studies, Diaspora Studies, Political Theory, Human Rights Studies, and World Literature."

For more information, please visit the publisher's webpage.

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