We shall bear witness: life narratives and human rights

Jolly, Margaretta and Jensen, Meg, eds. (2014) We shall bear witness: life narratives and human rights. Wisconsin Studies in Autobiography . University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, Wisconsin. ISBN 9780299300142

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Personal testimonies are the life force of human rights work, and rights claims have brought profound power to the practice of life writing. This volume explores the connections and conversations between human rights and life writing through a dazzling, international collection of essays by survivor-writers, scholars, and human rights advocates.

In We Shall Bear Witness, editors Meg Jensen and Margaretta Jolly assemble moving personal accounts from those who have endured persecution, imprisonment, and torture; meditations on experiences of injustice and protest by creative writers and filmmakers; and innovative research on ways that digital media, commodification, and geopolitics are shaping what is possible to hear and say. The book’s primary sections—testimony, recognition, representation, and justice—evoke the key stages in turning experience into a human rights life story and attend to such diverse and varied arts as autobiography, documentary film, report, oral history, blog, and verbatim theater. The result is a groundbreaking book that sensitively examines how life and rights narratives have become so powerfully entwined. Also included is an innovative guide to teaching human rights and life narrative in the classroom.

Item Type: Edited Book
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P0087 Communication. Mass media
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Depositing User: Jaime Huxtable
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2014 09:51
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2018 16:04
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/47862
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