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

Joseph R. Slaughter

in Human Rights, Inc.

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780823228171
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241033 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823228171.003.0007
CODICIL Intimations of a Human Rights International: “The Rights of Man; or, What Are We [reading] For?”

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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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Subjects: Literature

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