Writing and righting: Literature in the age of human rights

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Abstract

The obvious humanity of books would seem to make literature and human rights natural allies. But what is the real connection between literature and human rights? In this short polemical book, Lyndsey Stonebridge shows how the history of human rights owes much to the creative imagining of writers. Yet, she argues, it is not enough to claim that literature is the empathetic wing of the human rights movement. At a time when human rights are so blatantly under attack, the writers we need how are the political truthtellers, the bold callers out of easy sympathy and comfortable platitudes.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages176
ISBN (Print)9780198814054
Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 2020