30 abr. 2014

Derecho y Literatura. Feminismo, Derechos humanos, y Derechos de los animales no humanos

Elizabeth Susan Anker
Fictions of dignity: embodying human rights in world literature
Cornell University Press, Ithaca, 2012, ix, 262 pages
ISBN: 9780801451362

Over the past fifty years, debates about human rights have assumed an increasingly prominent place in postcolonial literature and theory. Writers from Salman Rushdie to Nawal El Saadawi have used the novel to explore both the possibilities and challenges of enacting and protecting human rights, particularly in the Global South. In Fictions of Dignity, Elizabeth S. Anker shows how the dual enabling fictions of human dignity and bodily integrity contribute to an anxiety about the body that helps to explain many of the contemporary and historical failures of human rights, revealing why and how lives are excluded from human rights protections along the lines of race, gender, class, disability, and species membership. In the process, Anker examines the vital work performed by a particular kind of narrative imagination in fostering respect for human rights. Drawing on phenomenology, Anker suggests how an embodied politics of reading might restore a vital fleshiness to the overly abstract, decorporealized subject of liberal rights.

Introduction: Constructs by Which We Live

1. Bodily Integrity and Its Exclusions
2. Embodying Human Rights: Toward a Phenomenology of Social Justice
3. Constituting the Liberal Subject of Rights: Salman Rushdie's Midnight’s Children
4. Women’s Rights and the Lure of Self-Determination in Nawal El Saadawi’s Woman at Point Zero
5. J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace: The Rights of Desire and the Embodied Lives of Animals
6. Arundhati Roy’s "Return to the Things Themselves": Phenomenology and the Challenge of Justice
Coda: Small Places, Close to Home

Works Cited

Elizabeth S. Anker is Assistant Professor of English at Cornell University

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