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

Joseph R. Slaughter


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


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph R. Slaughter, author
Columbia University