Literature, Human Rights and the Cold War

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Abstract

Despite the ambitions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948, the establishment of global justice and freedom made little progress over the following four decades. One of the results was a significant strand of Cold War literature that documented the brutalising effects of industrialisation, totalitarianism and superpower interventionism and that advocated for those who, still marginalised by class, gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity, felt excluded from the UDHR's conception of a common humanity. Taking up many of these themes, this essay analyses human rights literature from around the world, including examples of autobiographical testimony, political fiction, postcolonial poetry, dystopian drama and postmodernist fiction.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Companion to Human Rights and Literature
EditorsCrystal Parikh
Place of PublicationCambridge
StateAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2019

Publication series

NameCambridge Companions

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Fiction
Human Rights
Cold War
Global Justice
Sexuality
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Industrialization
Postmodernist
Poetry
Testimony
Ethnic Groups
Drama
United Nations
Conception
Totalitarianism
Interventionism
Ambition

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Hammond, A. (2019). Literature, Human Rights and the Cold War. In C. Parikh (Ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Human Rights and Literature (Cambridge Companions). Cambridge.
Hammond, Andrew. / Literature, Human Rights and the Cold War. The Cambridge Companion to Human Rights and Literature. editor / Crystal Parikh. Cambridge, 2019. (Cambridge Companions).
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