Human Rights, Inc.: The World Novel, Narrative Form, and International Law / Edition 3

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About the Author:
Joseph R. Slaughter is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University

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. . . Seamlessly moves between discussions of philosophy, history, literary criticism, politics, and policy to support an original and compelling argument.-Kerry Bystrom

The author clearly prefers depth and density—the argument is approached from multiplace angles, and nailed down tightly at every turn—and these qualities mark the book's dedication to rigorous scholarship.

. . .this is a tremendously exciting book, leaping adroitly between literature, history, politics and philosophy. . .

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823228171
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 12/17/2007
  • Edition description: 3
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 436
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

JOSEPH R. SLAUGHTER is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Preamble: The Legibility of Human Rights     1
Novel Subjects and Enabling Fictions: The Formal Articulation of International Human Rights Law     45
Becoming Plots: Human Rights, the Bildungsroman, and the Novelization of Citizenship     86
Normalizing Narrative Forms of Human Rights: The (Dys)Function of the Public Sphere     140
Compulsory Development: Narrative Self-Sponsorship and the Right to Self-Determination     205
Clefs a Roman: Reading, Writing, and International Humanitarianism     270
Codicil: Intimations of a Human Rights International: "The Rights of Man; or What Are We [Reading] For?"     317
Notes     329
Bibliography     389
Index     419
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