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

Joseph R. Slaughter

Abstract

This study of the historical, ideological, and formal interdependencies of the novel and human rights demonstrates that the twentieth-century rise of world literature and international human rights law are related phenomena. The author argues that international law shares with the modern novel a particular conception of the human individual. The Bildungsroman, the novel of coming of age, fills out this image, offering a conceptual vocabulary, a humanist social vision, and a narrative grammar for what the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and early literary theorists both call the free and ... More

Keywords: novel, human rights, international law, human individual, Bildungsroman, coming of age, globalization, colonialism, neo-imperialism, humanitarianism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780823228171
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823228171.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph R. Slaughter, author
Columbia University