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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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Novel Subjects and Enabling Fictions: the Formal Articulation of International Human Rights Law

Novel Subjects and Enabling Fictions: the Formal Articulation of International Human Rights Law

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(p.45) CHAPTER 1 Novel Subjects and Enabling Fictions: the Formal Articulation of International Human Rights Law
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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/9780823228171.003.0002

The United Nations delegates' encryption of Robinson Crusoe within the text of Article 29 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, illustrates something of the historical cooperation between the novel and human rights between what is typically regarded as the sociocultural work of literature and the civil and political work of law. This chapter focuses on the formal, historical, rhetorical, and institutional conditions of international human rights law that make it especially dependent upon cultural forms to give its precepts moral force. It begins by analyzing the image of the human person, and the development of its personality, that the law both takes for granted and articulates, situating this figure at the intersection of natural and positive law approaches to personhood. Abstract rhetorical structures of the law in the chapter become most technically refined and commonly legible in the literary conventions of the Bildungsroman.

Keywords:   United Nations, Robinson Crusoe, Article 29, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, human rights, human person, personality, Bildungsroman, human rights law

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