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This chapter situates readings of asylum seeker poetry and debates surrounding recent asylum UK legislation, alongside the acts of refusal depicted in Herman Melville’s ‘Bartleby’ (1853), in order to consider the ethical relationship between reading and hospitality. Both the asylum seeker and Melville’s protagonist present figures of undecidablility which resonate with J. Hillis Miller’s notion of reading as parasitic, occurring at the threshold of what is decidable and undecidable. This chapter argues that reading ‘Bartleby’ in relation to narratives of asylum opens up the question of what constitutes a responsible postcolonial response to literary and non-literary narratives of asylum.
|Title of host publication||Postcolonial Audiences: Readers, Viewers and Reception|
|Editors||James Procter, Gemma Robinson, Bethan Benwell|
|Place of Publication||New York & Oxon|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|