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Human Rights, Inc.The World Novel, Narrative Form, and International Law$
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Joseph R. Slaughter

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228171

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823228171.001.0001

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Preamble The Legibility of Human Rights

Preamble The Legibility of Human Rights

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(p.1) Preamble The Legibility of Human Rights
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Human Rights, Inc.
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Joseph R. Slaughter

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823228171.003.0001

This book is about the legibility of human rights; about the literary, political, and juridical effects of transcribing into international legal conventions what the ancient Greeks regarded as unwritten law; about the tensions and gap between what everyone knows and what everyone should know; about how norms of legal obviousness manifest in literary forms; and about how, in an era of intense globalization, those legal and literary forms cooperate to disseminate and legitimate the norms of human rights, to make each other's common sense legible and compelling. The book elaborates the conceptual vocabulary, deep narrative grammar, and humanist social vision that human rights law shares with the Bildungsroman in their cooperative efforts to imagine, normalize, and realize what the Universal Declaration and early theorists of the novel call “the free and full development of the human personality.”.

Keywords:   international legal conventions, unwritten law, globalization, Bildungsroman, Universal Declaration, human personality, human rights, legibility, humanist, common sense

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