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Human rights seen through literature
by Joseph Slaughter
About this EXP
Joseph Slaughter, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, examines how literature and human rights overlap.
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Key point 1
Literary genres incorporate conventions which help normalise ideas. For instance, Bildungsromane, coming of age novels, help normalise ideas around individuals and society.
Key point 2
Bildungsromane also focus on incorporating marginalised citizens into societies. As such, they have been referenced by social groups.
Key point 3
Bildungsromane often target a middle-class readership. In so doing, they often show a majority population that the motivations of minority populations are not unlike their own.
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