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Unexpected Insights into Terrorism and National Security Law Through Children’s Literature: Reading The Butter Battle Book as Monstrosity
(2014)
  • Nick J. Sciullo
Abstract

Legal knowledge often comes from unexpected encounters with legal theory. In this Essay, I critically analyze Dr. Seuss’s The Butter Battle Book as a source of international legal knowledge. Although this text was originally written as a criticism of the Cold War, I find modern parallels to the evolution of terrorism and national security law theorizing in the United States. As a result of this investigation, I provide a unique window onto civil society, and our continued fascination with the specter of terrorism.

Keywords
  • Terrorism,
  • Counterterrorism,
  • Critical Terrorism Studies,
  • Critical Legal Theory,
  • National Security Law,
  • Dr. Seuss,
  • Law and Literature
Publication Date
2014
Publisher
British Journal of American Legal Studies
Citation Information
Nick J. Sciullo. Unexpected Insights into Terrorism and National Security Law Through Children’s Literature: Reading The Butter Battle Book as Monstrosity. Vol. 3 (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/nickjsciullo/19/