How do narrative forms affect, and how are they affected by, the development and promotion of human rights? Richard Wilson’s and Lyndsey Stonebridge’s latest books offer new insights into this question, which is one of the most interesting, most frustrating, and most frequently asked questions about human rights in the humanities today. As analyses of the relationship between narrative and the promotion of human dignity, each book serves the same shared larger project, and each is valuable in its own right. But placed alongside one another, they are also an illuminating study in methodological opposition, revealing the wide range of research possibilities in interdisciplinary human rights scholarship, from painstaking history to elusive theory, from practical political and organizational interventions to the sometimes radical efforts of cultural reimagination.

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