This interdisciplinary volume of essays studies human rights in political prison literature, while examining the intersections of suffering, politics, and aesthetics in an interliterary and intercultural context. As the first book to explore the concept of global aesthetics in political prison narratives, it makes a timely contribution to the advocacy and discourse of universal human rights by demonstrating how literary insight enhances the study of this field and encouraging comparative analyses and cross-cultural understanding.
Yenna Wu is a distinguished teaching professor at the University of California, Riverside. Simona Livescu is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Chapter 1. Probing the Intersections of Human Rights, Suffering, and Aesthetics in Political Prison Narratives: An Introduction Chapter 2. Reviving Muted Voices: Rhizomatous Forces in Political Prison Literature Chapter 3. Surviving Traumatic Captivity, Arriving at Wisdom: An Aesthetics of Resistance in Chinese Prison Camp Memoir Chapter 4. The Argument From Silence: Morocco's Truth Commission and Women Political Prisoners Chapter 5. The Persistence of Spectacle in PRC Modes of Punishing Criminality and Deviance Chapter 6. The Cocoons of Language: Torture, Voice, Event Chapter 7. A Primer for the Politics and Literature of Resistance: Apparitional Subjectivity in The Collective Autobiography of the New York 21 Chapter 8. Remembering Pain in Uruguay: What Memories Mean in Carlos Liscano's Truck of Fools Chapter 9. Deviating from the Norm? Two Easts Testify to a Prison Aesthetics of Happiness