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Writing Human Rights: The Political Imaginaries of Writers of Color

Crystal Parikh


Human rights are usually understood to be that which Americans deliver unto others elsewhere, with little direct meaning for U.S. legal discourse, domestic political struggle, or American literary and cultural studies back at home. Writing Human Rights instead proposes human rights as a method for reading “minor literatures,” or fiction authored by contemporary U.S. writers of color from the closing years of the Cold War to the early years of the U.S. war on terror. It takes as its premise that—unlike a benevolent humanitarianism, which views its objects as pure victims—human rights provide de ... More

Keywords: transnational American literature, feminist theory, queer theory, human rights, disability studies, U.S. writers of color, postcolonial studies, race studies, ethnic studies, citizenship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780816697069
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816697069.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Crystal Parikh, author
New York University