Review essay: The power of testimony

Whitlock, Gillian (2007) Review essay: The power of testimony. Law & Literature, 19 1: 139-152. doi:10.1525/lal.2007.19.1.139

Author Whitlock, Gillian
Title Review essay: The power of testimony
Journal name Law & Literature   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1535-685X
Publication date 2007
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1525/lal.2007.19.1.139
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 19
Issue 1
Start page 139
End page 152
Total pages 14
Editor Goodrich, P.
Penther, P.
Sanders, M.
Suk, J.
Weisberg, R.
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject 420306 Postcolonial and Global Cultural Studies
751001 Languages and literature
Abstract A recent conference at the University of Cape Town that reflected on the dynamics of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa this past decade indicates some of the ongoing issues that call into question the communicative ethics for giving testimony and acknowledgement of trauma and guilt, and the place of those who testify and those who give witness. Kay Schaffer and Sidonie Smith's book, Human Rights and Narrated Lives, is a wide-ranging comparative analysis of that faith in (among other things) the power of testimony within discourses of human rights that emerged late last century. The methodology of the book draws attention to dynamics of life narrative that are useful for thinking about the production and reception of life narrative in the "War on Terror," and its distinctive reconfiguration of the language of human rights discourse
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