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Eastern FiguresOrient and Empire in British Writing$
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Douglas Kerr

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099340

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099340.001.0001

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Figures of Rule

Figures of Rule

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(p.190) (p.191) 8 Figures of Rule
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Eastern Figures
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Douglas Kerr

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622099340.003.0008

This chapter discusses the figure of rule, which is different from the figures of the jungle and the crowd, and is both more abstract and more polymorphous. It looks at anarchy in the East, which is found in the Malayan trilogy of Anthony Burgess. The novels are about history and follow the fortunes of Victor Crabbe in Malaya. The chapter discusses the British and the rule of law, which is an institution and a story about the East and West. Further on in the chapter, the author discusses the other orders (the contesting local practices and jurisdictions) and the hard cases. The latter involves conversations between the ruler and the ruled, as presented in the works of Coates, Woolf, and Scott.

Keywords:   figures of rule, anarchy, Malayan trilogy, Anthony Burgess, rule of law, British, local practices, jurisdictions, hard cases

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