Spectacular Rhetorics Human Rights Visions, Recognitions, Feminisms

ISBN-10: 0822349515

ISBN-13: 9780822349518

Edition: 2011

Authors: Wendy S. Hesford

List price: $25.95 Buy it from $13.64
30 day, 100% satisfaction guarantee

If an item you ordered from TextbookRush does not meet your expectations due to an error on our part, simply fill out a return request and then return it by mail within 30 days of ordering it for a full refund of item cost.

Learn more about our returns policy


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.
New Starting from $24.73
what's this?
Rush Rewards U
Members Receive:
You have reached 400 XP and carrot coins. That is the daily max!
Study Briefs

Limited time offer: Get the first one free! (?)

All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.

Add to cart
Study Briefs
Periodic Table Online content $4.95 $1.99
Add to cart
Study Briefs
Business Ethics Online content $4.95 $1.99
Add to cart
Study Briefs
Business Law Online content $4.95 $1.99
Customers also bought

Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 8/5/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

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.

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
Free shipping on orders over $35*

*A minimum purchase of $35 is required. Shipping is provided via FedEx SmartPost® and FedEx Express Saver®. Average delivery time is 1 – 5 business days, but is not guaranteed in that timeframe. Also allow 1 - 2 days for processing. Free shipping is eligible only in the continental United States and excludes Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico. FedEx service marks used by permission."Marketplace" orders are not eligible for free or discounted shipping.

Learn more about the TextbookRush Marketplace.