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Spectacular Rhetorics: Human Rights Visions, Recognitions, Feminisms
Spectacular Rhetorics is a rigorous analysis of the rhetorical frameworks and narratives that underlie human rights law, shape the process of cultural and legal recognition, and delimit public responses to violence and injustice. Integrating visual and textual criticism, Wendy S. Hesford scrutinizes “spectacular rhetoric,” the use of visual images and rhetoric to construct ...more
Paperback, 275 pages
Published August 5th 2011 by Duke University Press Books
(first published January 1st 2011)
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Jun 22, 2013 Lisa Phillips rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in visual rhetoric, feminist studies, and human rights issues
Recommended to Lisa by: Julie Jung
Hesford blends rhetorical analysis, human rights, and visual culture within a feminist framework to consider how "spectacular" visual representations of marginalized bodies function to support or deter international human rights policies. Her analysis of documentary films that address human rights issues/conflicts is particularly valuable. Hesford deploys a series of case studies to address visual representations of torture, unlawful detention, ethnic genocides, rape warfare, and human ...more