Ambiguities of Witnessing: Law and Literature in the Time of a Truth Commission

Ambiguities of Witnessing: Law and Literature in the Time of a Truth Commission

by Mark Sanders


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The first book to explore the complex relationship between law and literature in testimony to crimes of apartheid before South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Ambiguities of Witnessing closely analyzes key individual testimonies. Whereas most existing books on this and other truth commissions are weighed down by abstract legal and philosophical discussion, this book does justice to witnesses' public testimony in a fascinating and theoretically sophisticated investigation of questions of human rights, mourning, forgiveness, and reparation. Framed by the personal, Ambiguities of Witnessing also meditates on what it means for the writer to respond to this epochal event in the history of post-apartheid South Africa.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804756150
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 09/26/2007
Series: Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics Series
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Mark Sanders is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at New York University. He is the author of Complicities: The Intellectual and Apartheid (2002) and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak: Live Theory (2006).

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Prologue     1
Truth Commission Journal and Notes     15
Remembering Apartheid     34
Hearing Women     59
Forgiveness     87
Reparation     114
Literature and Testimony     147
Epilogue     186
Notes     193
Bibliography     229
Index     253

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