n South African Law Journal - Drawing the Line: Toward an Aesthetics of Transitional Justice, Carrol Clarkson : book review

Volume 131, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0258-2503
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2177



Carrol Clarkson is widely acknowledged as an authority on the writing of JM Coetzee (See Carrol Clarkson (2009)). In this new work she turns her scholarly attention to the topic of transitional justice and particularly the role of the work of art (literature and the visual arts) in this discourse. The book has been published in Fordham University Press's series. On the website of the series (), the objectives of the series are described as follows:

'Since the question of justice is one of human scope, the books in the series will encompass the breadth of humanist scholarship, mixing philosophy, literature, history, politics, and law. In contrast to those who understand law and justice to be simply various ideologies marshalled in the struggle for political power, the authors in this series insist that the idea of justice itself is meaningful for the legal and political activity of building a better and more human world.'

Clarkson's book is well-suited to these purposes, both in terms of its methodology as well as its substance, and both the series editors and the author should be commended for what can only be an invaluable addition to the series.

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