A story of rights: from word and conceptualisation to law and cultural narrative

Durant, Alan (2017) A story of rights: from word and conceptualisation to law and cultural narrative. The Journal of English Language and Literature (JELL), 63 (4). pp. 623-640. ISSN 1016-2283

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Humanities scholars have recently begun to use the phrase ‘narrating rights’ as a way of describing an increasingly discussed area of intersection between legal, ethical, and literary topics. This article examines the conceptual basis and directions of that emergent area of work. It outlines features of ‘rights’ as generally understood in law, along with relevant associated issues; it explains how, in the complex history of the English word rights, that word has conveyed different, often contested notions which persist into contemporary thinking; and it concludes with comments and queries regarding the challenges which face studies in humanities in using ‘narrative’ as a way into understanding rights. In developing its arguments, the article highlights the interconnectedness of linguistic, literary and legal aspects of political and cultural topics, and encourages further interdisciplinary work.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Law and Politics
Item ID: 23267
Notes on copyright: Copyright © The English Language and Literature Association of Korea. Open access journal
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Depositing User: Alan Durant
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2018 13:58
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2018 12:54
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/23267

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