Literature and human rights

Authored by: Kerry Bystrom

Handbook of Human Rights

Print publication date:  September  2011
Online publication date:  February  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415480239
eBook ISBN: 9780203887035
Adobe ISBN: 9781134019083

10.4324/9780203887035.ch55

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Abstract

We have on the one hand literature – an expansive category by which we might mean anything from autobiography to literary fiction, poetry, and drama or the acts of reading and storytelling. On the other hand we have human rights, itself a diverse set of legal instruments and political practices as well as an internally variegated social and cultural discourse. What is the relationship between them?

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