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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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Clefs à Roman: Reading, Writing, and International Humanitarianism

Clefs à Roman: Reading, Writing, and International Humanitarianism

(p.270) CHAPTER 5 Clefs à Roman: Reading, Writing, and International Humanitarianism
Human Rights, Inc.

Joseph R. Slaughter

Fordham University Press

Humanitarianism is not the precise contemporary equivalent of classical imperialism, but, as this chapter argues, they share enough structural features that they are, though imperfectly, homologous. Similarly, although human personality development is obviously not the same as capitalism, it is inflected by and expressed within a heavily marketized international economy of both human rights and “world” literature. The chapter considers the role of literacy in the projection and constitution of an international order based on the recognition and observance of human rights. As the chapter also argues, the Western “market reader” of Bildungsromane that are written in the global spaces of historical marginality literally buys in to the business of human rights through a practice of literary consumption that in turn intensifies an editorial demand for Bildungsromane.

Keywords:   humanitarianism, human personality, personality development, world literature, human rights, literacy, Bildungsromane, reading, writing, imperialism

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