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Palgrave Studies in Life Writing

Witnessing Torture

Perspectives of Torture Survivors and Human Rights Workers

Editors: Moore, Alexandra S., Swanson, Elizabeth (Eds.)

  • Bridges the gap between academics, torture survivors, and activists
  • Provides often obscure and complex key concepts and searching critique in accessible language and easily digestible bites
  • Features contributions from those who have survived torture, by those who work in professions with torture survivors, and by those who work to end torture 
  • Examines torture in a broad range of geographical contexts
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About this Textbook

This book demonstrates a new, interdisciplinary approach to life writing about torture that situates torture firmly within its socio-political context, as opposed to extending the long line of representations written in the idiom of the proverbial dark chamber. By dismantling the rhetorical divide that typically separates survivors’ suffering from human rights workers’ expertise, contributors engage with the personal, professional, and institutional dimensions of torture and redress. Essays in this volume consider torture from diverse locations – the Philippines, Argentina, Sudan, and Guantánamo, among others. From across the globe, contributors witness both individual pain and institutional complicity; the challenges of building communities of healing across linguistic and national divides; and the role of the law, art, writing, and teaching in representing and responding to torture.

About the authors

Alexandra S. Moore is Professor of English and Associate Director of the Human Rights Institute at Binghamton University, USA. Her publications include Vulnerability and Security in Human Rights Literature and Visual Culture (2015) and Regenerative Fictions: Postcolonialism, Psychoanalysis, and the Nation as Family (2004). She has also co-edited several volumes and a special journal issue: The Routledge Companion to Literature and Human Rights (with Sophia A. McClennen, 2015); Teaching Human Rights in Literary and Cultural Studies (with Elizabeth Swanson Goldberg, 2015); Globally Networked Teaching in the Humanities (with Sunka Simon, 2015); Theoretical Perspectives on Human Rights and Literature (with Goldberg, 2011), and Human Rights and Cultural Forms, special issue of College Literature (with Goldberg and Greg Mullins, 2013).

Elizabeth Swanson is Professor of English at Babson College, USA, and has published widely on the subject of literature and human rights. Author of Beyond Terror: Gender, Narrative, Human Rights (2007), she is co-editor, with Alexandra Schultheis Moore, of Theoretical Perspectives on Literature and Human Rights (2011) and Options for Teaching Human Rights in Literary and Cultural Studies (2015), and with James Brewer Stewart of Human Bondage and Abolition: New Histories of Slavery Past and Present (2018). She has been a human rights activist since age 14, when she wrote her first letter for Amnesty International, and has for the past ten years worked with survivors of sex trafficking and gender-based violence in southeast Asia to create dignified, sustainable, life and livelihood solutions.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Torture: The Catastrophe of a Bond

    Arestivo, Carlos Alberto

    Pages 7-19

  • Torture in an Historical Context: Notes from Sudan

    Elgadi, Mohamed

    Pages 21-35

  • The Unspeakable Agony of Inflicted Pain: Torture, Betrayal, Redress

    Garcia, Robert Francis

    Pages 37-46

  • Translating Trauma, Witnessing Survival

    Cooper, Laurie Ball

    Pages 47-55

  • The Role of Health Professionals in Torture Treatment

    Piwowarczyk, Linda A.

    Pages 61-70

Buy this book

eBook $19.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-74965-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $29.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-74964-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Witnessing Torture
Book Subtitle
Perspectives of Torture Survivors and Human Rights Workers
Editors
  • Alexandra S. Moore
  • Elizabeth Swanson
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Life Writing
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-74965-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-74965-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-74964-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XL, 248
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