Writing Human Rights: The Political Imaginaries of Writers of Color

Writing Human Rights: The Political Imaginaries of Writers of Color

by Crystal Parikh


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816697069
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 10/15/2017
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 818,032
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Crystal Parikh is associate professor at New York University in the departments of Social and Cultural Analysis and English. She is author of An Ethics of Betrayal: The Politics of Otherness in Emergent U.S. Literaturesand Culture and coeditor of The Cambridge Companion to Asian American Literature.

Table of Contents


Introduction: The U.S. Good Life, the UN World, and the Human Rights Record

UN International Bill of Human Rights; Toni Morrison, Beloved

1. Other Humanities: The Bandung Spirit and the Right to Self-Determination

UN International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination; Ernest Gaines, A Gathering of Old Men; Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior

2. “Come Almost Home”: The Impossible Subject of Human Rights

UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights; Jessica Hagedorn, Dogeaters; Chang-rae Lee, A Gesture Life

3. “A Globe within Him”: Security at the Borderline of War and Torture

UN Convention against Torture; Susan Choi, The Foreign Student

4. Regular Revolutions: The Feminist Travels of Human Rights

UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women; Julia Alvarez, How the García Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of the Butterflies

5. Being Well: Minor Subjects and the Right to Health

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; Jhumpa Lahiri, Unaccustomed Earth; Ana Castillo, So Far from God

Conclusion: An Aesthetics of Kin and the Rights of the Child

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; Aimee Phan, We Should Never Meet





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