This project seeks to open and explore a liminal space for critique between aesthetics and politics. We wish to elaborate and expand the meaning and significance of critique for political and legal discourse. Although these questions have broader significance, our focus and immediate grounding will be concerned with African and South African implications. Drawing on multiple aesthetic forms, especially literature, we will seek to develop a genre of critique that supersedes realism and linguistic indeterminacy in existing genres of critique. Some contextualisation of our project in relation to existing approaches to critical legal discourse will help to situate it.