Spectacular Rhetorics Human Rights Visions, Recognitions, Feminisms

ISBN-10: 0822349515
ISBN-13: 9780822349518
Edition: 2011
Authors: Wendy S. Hesford
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Description: Spectacular Rhetoricsis a rigorous analysis of the rhetorical frameworks and narratives that underlie human rights law, shape the process of cultural and legal recognition, and delimit public responses to violence and injustice. Integrating the  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 8/5/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.13" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Spectacular Rhetoricsis a rigorous analysis of the rhetorical frameworks and narratives that underlie human rights law, shape the process of cultural and legal recognition, and delimit public responses to violence and injustice. Integrating the criticism of visual culture and the interpretation of written texts, Wendy Hesford scrutinizes ;spectacular rhetoric, ; the use of visual images and imagery to construct certain bodies, populations, and nations as victims and incorporate them into human rights discourses geared toward Westerners, chiefly Americans. Hesford presents a series of case studies critiquing the visual representations of human suffering in particular cultural artifacts, primarily documentary films, photography, and theater. In each study, the works she analyzes address a prominent contemporary human rights cause, such as torture and unlawful detention, ethnic genocide and rape warfare, migration and the trafficking of women and children, the global sex trade, and child labor. Through these studies, Hesford demonstrates how spectacular rhetoric activates certain cultural and national narratives and social and political relations, consolidates identities through the politics of recognition, and configures material relations of power and difference to produce and ultimately, to govern, human rights subjects.

Traci S. O'Brien is Assistant Professor of German at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, and holds academic degrees from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She has published articles on women's writing, foreign language pedagogy, and German and Austrian literature.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Human Rights Visions and Recognitions
Staging Terror Spectacles
Witnessing Rape Warfare: Suspending the Spectacle
Global Sex Work, Victim Identities, and Cybersexualities
Spectacular Childhoods: Sentimentality and the Politics of (In)visibility
Conclusion: Posthumanism, Human Rights, and the Humanities
Notes
References
Index

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