Imagined States: Law and Literature in Nigeria, 1900-1966

Research output: Book/ReportBook



Original languageEnglish
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages224
ISBN (Print)9781474420839
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019

Publication series

NameEdinburgh Critical Studies in Law, Literature and the Humanities
Publication type

Research output: Book/ReportBook


Imagined States examines representations of the law in British and Nigerian high-brow, middle-brow and popular fiction and journalism. Drawing on a rich range of examples, the book focuses on the imaginative role that the state of exception played in the application of indirect rule during British colonialism and in the legal machinations of the postcolonial state. It reads works by Chinua Achebe, Joyce Cary, Cyprian Ekwensi and Edgar Wallace, together with a range of Nigerian market literature and journalism.