Outlaws and Spies: Legal Exclusion in Law and Literature (Paperback)
By reading two bodies of literature not normally read together - the outlaw literature and espionage literature - Conor McCarthy shows how these genres represent and critique the longstanding use of legal exclusion as a means of supporting state power. Texts discussed range from the medieval Robin Hood ballads, Shakespeare's history plays, and versions of the Ned Kelly story to contemporary writing by John le Carr , Don DeLillo, Ciaran Carson and William Gibson.
Conor McCarthy is Director of Philanthropy at the National Library of Australia. He holds a PhD from Trinity College, Dublin. His previous books are Love, Sex and Marriage in the Middle Ages: A Sourcebook, Marriage in Medieval England: Law, Literature and Practice, and Seamus Heaney and Medieval Poetry.