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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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CODICIL Intimations of a Human Rights International: “The Rights of Man; or, What Are We [reading] For?”

CODICIL Intimations of a Human Rights International: “The Rights of Man; or, What Are We [reading] For?”

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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/9780823228171.003.0007

Thematically within Adama and The Kite Runner, and in their public reception, as with the other Bildungsromane that have been examined in this book, the worlds of geopolitics, consumer capitalism, literary subjectivity, and human rights law, discourse, and practice overlap in a single world. The book is suggesting that the effective limitations of human rights are related not merely to the institutional frailty of the international legal regime but to the historically nationalist limitations of literary imaginations — cognitive limitations that make it possible, in the era of a global “war on terror,” to reduce The Kite Runner to “a story of two childhood friends in Afghanistan” and to read Adama as the expression of a “free voice” from an “empty quarter” rather than to consider the places of the writers and their readers themselves within overlapping world systems.

Keywords:   Adama, The Kite Runner, Bildungsromane, geopolitics, consumer capitalism, literary subjectivity, human rights law, international law, human rights, literary imaginations

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