Teaching Human Rights in Lirerary and Cultural Studies
Alexandra Schultheis Moore & Elizabeth Swanson Goldberg (eds.)
The Modern Language Association of America, New York, 2015, 344 pp.
Since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, the discourse of human rights has expanded to include not just civil and political rights but economic, social, cultural, and, most recently, collective rights. Given their broad scope, human rights issues are useful touchstones in the humanities classroom and benefit from an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural pedagogy in which objects of study are situated in historical, legal, philosophical, literary, and rhetorical contexts. Teaching Human Rights in Literary and Cultural Studies is a sourcebook of inventive approaches and best practices for teachers looking to make human rights the focus of their undergraduate and graduate courses.
Contributors first explore what it means to be human and conceptual issues such as law and the state. Next, contributors approach human rights and related social-justice issues from the perspectives of particular geographic regions and historical eras, through the lens of genre, and in relation to specific rights violations--for example, storytelling and testimonio in Latin America or poetry created in the aftermath of the Armenian genocide. Essays then describe efforts to cultivate students' capacity for ethical reading practices and to deepen their understanding of the stakes and artistic dimensions of human rights representations, drawing on active learning and experimental class contexts. The final section, on resources, directs readers to further readings in history, criticism, theory, and literary and visual studies and provides a chronology of human rights legal documents.
Foreword / Marjorie Agosin
Charting new courses: teaching human rights in literary and cultural studies / Alexandra Schultheis Moore and Elizabeth Swanson Goldberg
Losses of human rights in the literature classroom / Greg A. Mullins
Human rights and the tautology of human being / Crystal Parikh and Nicholas Matlin Teaching the legal imperialism debate over human rights / Elizabeth S. Anker
Human rights cultures and traditions: beyond the post-/colonial and the west / Elizabeth Swanson Goldberg and Alexandra Schultheis Moore
On the history of human rights before 1948 / Sarah Winter
Mapping African American literature and human rights / Ira Dworkin
Representing China and Asia: translating outside in "the rights machine" / Manav Ratti
Between official stories and coerced confessions : testimonio and storytelling in Latin America / Sophia A. McClennen
Revisiting the visitor : rhetoric, ethics, and feminist models of interpretation / Eve Wiederhold
Linking economic justice and women's human rights: feminist approaches for the human rights literature classroom / Heather Hewett
Engaging the literature and film of female genital mutilation in the undergraduate classroom / Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez
Sexual orientation and human rights: walking with shadows in Nigeria / Neville Hoad
On teaching the close reading of torture literature: an approximation / Karen Elizabeth Bishop
Cultivating the translocal citizen witness: contemporary human rights poetry as "remembrance/pedagogy" / Brenda Carr Vellino
Reconstituting community, identity, and belonging: classroom encounters with postconflict texts / Susan Spearey
Empirical ethics, theoretical mechanics: toward a prosaics of teaching human rights literature / Kimberly A. Nance
Locating difference: addressing student expectations in the human rights and literature classroom / Alexander Hartwiger
Rhetorical approaches to teaching human rights: the pedagogy of speak truth to power / Belinda Walzer
Cultivating the dialogic subject of human rights pedagogy / Ryan Omizo and Wendy S. Hesford
Teaching human rights in the composition classroom: engaging students through common curricula / Erik Juergensmeyer and Bridget Irish
Reading culture and writing rights / Lisa Eck and Ben Alberti
Experiencing form : service learning in the literature of human rights classroom / Marike Janzen
The rickety bridge : prisoners and human rights in the literature classroom / Megan Sweeney
Resources / Alexandra Schultheis Moore and Belinda Walzer
Afterword : human rights formalism / James Dawes.
Alexandra Schultheis Moore is associate professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She is the author of Regenerative Fiction: Postcolonialism, Psychoanalysis, and the Nation as Family and editor, with Elizabeth Swanson Goldberg, of Theoretical Perspectives on Human Rights and Literature and of, with Goldberg and Greg Mullins, a special issue of College Literature on human rights and cultural forms.
Elizabeth Swanson Goldberg is professor of English at Babson College. Author of Beyond Terror: Gender, Narrative, Human Rights, she edited Theoretical Perspectives on Human Rights and Literature with Alexandra Schultheis Moore and a special issue of Peace Review on the film and literature of human rights. Her many articles on human rights, gender studies, and literature can be found in edited volumes and in journals such as Callaloo, Humanity, and South Atlantic Review.