Perilous Telling: Story in the Shadow of the Refugee Regime


ACLS Fellowship Program


Literatures, Languages, and Cultures


"Perilous Telling: Story in the Shadow of the Refugee Regime" critically examines the conditions of refugee storytelling through a multidisciplinary analysis of literature, law, and popular media. The book traces the production and uses of story by people who live and tell under political duress, amid the precarities and aftermaths of involuntary migration. In doing so, "Perilous Telling" offers both a justice-oriented theory of story itself and a critical cultural study of refugee law “from below,” that is, from the perspective of refugees who do not make the law but are most impacted by it.