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Title:The absent pirate: exceeding justice in the Indian Ocean
Author:Jones, Stephanie
Year:2015
Periodical:Journal of Eastern African Studies (ISSN 1753-1063)
Volume:9
Issue:3
Pages:522-535
Language:English
Geographic terms:world
Somalia
Subjects:films
novels
English language
piracy
Somali
Link:https://doi.org/10.1080/17531055.2015.1087682
Abstract:Legal, literary and visual archives are replete with absent pirates. It is remarkable how often the pirate is only partly delineated or seen from a distance, is ghostly, or plotted off-stage. These figurations variously nerve and unnerve imperial discourses and narratives of justice. This paper addresses some recent, fictional non-representations of 'the Somali pirate'.The author proposes that this absenting of the pirate is critical to the texts' various approaches or reproaches to justice. The author further suggests that these fictions are concerned with an ethics of proximity - of physical space and geographical affect - that exceeds the primacy and virtue of 'justice'. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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