Literatura y lenguaje de los Derechos humanos


and Human Rights

The Law,
the Language and the Limitations of Human Rights Discourse

Ian Ward (ed.)

Walter de Gruyter (Series: Law
& Literature 9),
Berlin/Boston, 2015, vi, 336 pp.

ISBN: 9783110368567

The idea of human rights is not new. But the importance of taking rights
seriously has never been more urgent. The eighteen essays which comprise Literature
and Human Rights
are written as a contribution to this vital debate. Each
moreover is written in the spirit of interdisciplinarity, reaching across the
myriad constitutive disciplines of law, literature and the humanities in order
to present an array of alternative perspectives on the nature and meaning of
human rights in the modern world. The taking of human rights seriously, it will
be suggested, depends just as much on taking seriously the idea of the human as
it does the idea of rights.





Literature and Human Rights: Interdisciplinary Reflections on the Law, the
Language and the Limitations of Human Rights Discourse, pp. 1-8

Empathy, Literature and Human Rights: The Case of Elliot Perlman, The
Street Sweeper

Helle Porsdam, pp. 9-26

Privacy, Blighted Lives, and a Blindspot in British Law

Richard Mullender, pp. 27-66

A Squeamishness about Existing: Fernando Pessoa’s Quiet Rejection of the
Human in The Book of Disquiet

Maria Aristodemou, pp. 67-82

I and Another: Rethinking the Subject of Human Rights with Dostoyevsky,
Bakhtin and Simondon

Riccardo Baldissone, pp. 83-100

Dehumanizing the Enemy: How to Avoid Human Rights

Daniela Carpi, pp. 101-112

Am I not a man and a brother?

Patrizia Nerozzi Bellman, pp. 113-132

Mental Illness and Human Rights in Patrick McGrath’s Asylum

Chiara Battisti, pp. 133-154

The Role of Forensics in Human Rights Discourse: Kathy Reichs’s Crime
Fiction and the Rights of the Dead

Sidia Fiorato, pp. 155-170

Rumpole and the Rights of Accused Terrorists

Roxanne Barbara Doerr, pp. 171-184

Reality, Theatre and Human Rights

Carla Dente, pp. 185-194

The Rights and Wrongs of Marriage: Article 16.2 UDHR and the Case of Edith

Ian Ward, pp. 195-204

Manju Kapur’s Difficult Daughters and the Cause of Female Literacy in India

Paola Carbone, pp. 205-228

The Trial of Jomo Kenyatta, by Montagu Slater: Oral Tradition and
Fundamental Rights in the Trial

Lisa Lanzoni, pp. 229-234

‘n Droë Wit Seisoen in die Stormkaap: André Brink and the Fundamental
Rights of the Afrikaners in Apartheid South Africa

Matteo Nicolini, pp. 235-254

The Definition of “Linguistic Minority”

Alessandra Tomaselli / Lino Panzeri, pp. 255-270

Rights of Humans/Rights of Nature: The Language of Environmental Rights in
UN Documents

Valentina Adami, pp. 271-288

On Crimes, Punishments, and Words: Legal and Language Issues in Cesare
Beccaria’s Works

Mara Logaldo, pp. 289-308

Dignity and Disgrace in Law and Literature

Jeanne Gaakeer, pp. 309-328

Contributors, pp. 329-332

Index, pp. 333-336

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