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Fictions of dignity : embodying human rights in world literature, Elizabeth S. Anker

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Fictions of dignity : embodying human rights in world literature
Title
Fictions of dignity
Title remainder
embodying human rights in world literature
Statement of responsibility
Elizabeth S. Anker
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Over the past fifty years, debates about human rights have assumed an increasingly prominent place in postcolonial literature and theory. Writers from Salman Rushdie to Nawal El Saadawi have used the novel to explore both the possibilities and challenges of enacting and protecting human rights, particularly in the Global South. In Fictions of Dignity, Elizabeth S. Anker shows how the dual enabling fictions of human dignity and bodily integrity contribute to an anxiety about the body that helps to explain many of the contemporary and historical failures of human rights, revealing why and how lives are excluded from human rights protections along the lines of race, gender, class, disability, and species membership. In the process, Anker examines the vital work performed by a particular kind of narrative imagination in fostering respect for human rights. Drawing on phenomenology, Anker suggests how an embodied politics of reading might restore a vital fleshiness to the overly abstract, decorporealized subject of liberal rights. Each of the novels Anker examines approaches human rights in terms of limits and paradoxes. Rushdie's Midnight's Children addresses the obstacles to incorporating rights into a formerly colonized nation's legal culture. El Saadawi's Woman at Point Zero takes up controversies over women's freedoms in Islamic society. In Disgrace, J.M. Coetzee considers the disappointments of post-apartheid reconciliation in South Africa. And in The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy confronts an array of human rights abuses widespread in contemporary India. Each of these literary case studies further demonstrates the relevance of embodiment to both comprehending and redressing the failures of human rights, even while those narratives refuse simplistic ideals or solutions
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UAT
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1973-
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Anker, Elizabeth S.
Dewey number
809/.933581
Index
index present
Language note
In English
LC call number
PN56.H79
LC item number
A55 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Human rights in literature
  • Literature, Modern
  • Postcolonialism in literature
  • Social justice in literature
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • Human rights in literature
  • Literature, Modern
  • Postcolonialism in literature
  • Social justice in literature
  • Mensenrechten
  • Bellettrie
Label
Fictions of dignity : embodying human rights in world literature, Elizabeth S. Anker
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : constructs by which we live -- Bodily integrity and its exclusions -- Embodying human rights : toward a phenomenology of social justice -- Constituting the liberal subject of rights : Salman Rushdie's Midnight's children -- Women's rights and the lure of self-determination in Nawal el Saadawi's Woman at point zero -- J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace : the rights of desire and the embodied lives of animals -- Arundhati Roy's "return to the things themselves" : phenomenology and the challenge of justice -- Coda : small places, close to home
Control code
824485431
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801465635
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
  • 40021683180
  • 10.7591/9780801465635
  • ebc3138402
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt8h6cs
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)824485431
Label
Fictions of dignity : embodying human rights in world literature, Elizabeth S. Anker
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : constructs by which we live -- Bodily integrity and its exclusions -- Embodying human rights : toward a phenomenology of social justice -- Constituting the liberal subject of rights : Salman Rushdie's Midnight's children -- Women's rights and the lure of self-determination in Nawal el Saadawi's Woman at point zero -- J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace : the rights of desire and the embodied lives of animals -- Arundhati Roy's "return to the things themselves" : phenomenology and the challenge of justice -- Coda : small places, close to home
Control code
824485431
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801465635
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
  • 40021683180
  • 10.7591/9780801465635
  • ebc3138402
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt8h6cs
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)824485431

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