Thursday, July 13, 2006

Index: what's at stake in the debate over habeas corpus

NOTE: updated August 20, 2006

At the end of March 2006 I issued a call for fiction that might help American citizens understand and appreciate what's at stake in the debate over habeas corpus; read more about it here.

Many individuals responded with helpful suggestions. Below are their suggestions, followed by a list of contributors.

My sincere thanks to them all.

Do you know a good work of fiction that illustrates what's at stake in the debate over whether every citizen detained by the government must appear before a judge? Let me know the title--along with an explanation for why it applies--and I may add it to the list. Send your suggestion to bolling [dot] binx [at] gmail [dot] com.

By author and title:

Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid's Tale
Bolt, Robert. A Man For All Seasons
Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451
Dumas, Alexandre. The Count of Monte Cristo
Federman, Cary. The Body and the State: Habeas Corpus and American Jurisprudence
Forsyth, Frederick. The Day of the Jackel
Garcia Marquez, Gabriel. News of a Kidnapping
Golding, William. Lord of the Flies
Hale, Edward Everett. "The Man without a Country"
Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World
Kafka, Franz. The Trial [
1], [2]
Kafka, Franz. "In the Penal Colony"
Keenan, Brian. Evil Cradling
Koestler, Arthur. Darkness at Noon [
1], [2]
Lewis, Sinclair. It Can't Happen Here
Littell, Robert. The Company
Malamud, Bernard. The Fixer
Orwell, George. Animal Farm
Orwell, George. 1984 [
1], [2]
Powers, Richard. Plowing the Dark
Roosevelt, Kermit. In the Shadow of the Law
Solzhenitsyn, Alexander. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Turow, Scott. Reversible Errors
U.S. Constitution

By contributor:

Anderson, Pete
Burke, Alafair
Cahn, Amy Laura
Crittenden, Michael
Dibbell, Jeremy
Farber, Seth
Federman, Cary
Ferguson, Robert A.
Freiman, Jonathan
Hafetz, Jonathan
Huq, Aziz
Katyal, Neal
Klosky, Deborah
Pohlman, Harry
Thornberry, Mary
Turow, Scott
Yin, Tung

--Marshal Zeringue