Representing Humanity in an Age of Terror

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 Representing Humanity in an Age of Terror
Purdue University Press

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Written in the context of critical dialogues about the war on terror and the global crisis in human rights violations, authors of the collected volume Representing Humanity in an Age of Terror, edited by Sophia A. McClennen and Henry James Morello, ask a series of questions: What definitions of humanity account for the persistence of human rights violations? How do we define terror and how do we understand the ways that terror affects the representation of those that both suffer and profit from it? Why is it that the representation of terror often depends on a distorted (for example, racist, fascist, xenophobic, essentialist, eliminationist) representation of human beings? And, most importantly, can representation, especially forms of art, rescue humanity from the forces of terror or does it run the risk of making it possible?The authors of the volume's articles discuss aspects of terror with regard to human rights events across the globe, but especially in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. Their discussion and reflection demonstrate that the need to question continuously and to engage in permanent critique does not contradict the need to seek answers, to advocate social change, and to intervene critically. With contributions by scholars, activists, and artists, the articles collected here offer strategies for intervening critically in debates about the connections between terror and human rights as they are taking place across contemporary society. The work presented in the volume is intended for scholars, as well as undergraduate and graduate students in fields of the humanities and social sciences including political science, sociology, history, literary study, cultural studies, and cultural anthropology.

About the Editor(s):

Sophia A. McClennen studied philosophy as an undergraduate at Harvard University and received her Ph.D. in Spanish and Latin American Literature from Duke University. She works in comparative cultural studies with special emphasis on Latin America and has published on media culture, gender studies and cultural theory. She currently teaches in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese at the Pennsylvania State University . McClennen's interests and publications are in comparative cultural studies and Latin America and she has published articles in journals such as Revista de estudios hispánicos (2002), The Review of Contemporary Fiction (2000), Cultural Logic (2000), Media-tions (1999), and CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture (2000). Recent books include The Dialectics of Exile: Nation, Time, Language, and Space in Hispanic Literatures (Purdue UP, 2003) and Ariel Dorfman: An Aesthetics of Hope (Duke UP, 2003).

Henry James Morello teaches Comparative Literature, Spanish, and film at Penn State University. His research interests include theatre and film from Latin America and Spain, posttraumatic culture, and comparative cultural studies. He has published on the uses of the Internet by the Zapatistas in Chiapas. His PhD in Hispanic Studies is from the University of Illinois.