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date: 23 October 2019

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Few scholars would dispute that the modern-day refugee condition is intimately tied to the problematic of the postcolony, yet the distinctiveness of postcolonial theory among the various frames of reference within which questions of refugee status and asylum are analysed has not to date been fully appreciated. This chapter, a dialogue between a legal and a literary scholar, aims to provide a postcolonial supplement to Agamben-inspired readings of the refugee condition within the disciplines of literature and law. Key to this supplement is the claim that it is through postcolonial theory that Agamben can realize his desire to reach beyond the biopolitical.

Keywords: Asylum, postcolonial, Agamben, Fanon, biopolitics

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