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Fictions of Dignity: Embodying Human Rights in World Literature

Elizabeth S. Anker


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. This book shows how 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 ... More

Keywords: human rights, Salman Rushdie, Nawal El Saadawi, Global South, liberal rights, women's freedoms, human dignity, bodily integrity, embodiment, embodied politics of reading

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801451362
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451362.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth S. Anker, author
Associate Professor of English, Cornell University