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Engaging with human rights: truth and reconciliation and hang

Engaging with human rights: truth and reconciliation and hang

Derbyshire, Henry ORCID: 0000-0002-1373-1166 and Hodson, Loveday (2020) Engaging with human rights: truth and reconciliation and hang. In: Adiseshiah, Sian and Bolton, Jacqueline, (eds.) Debbie Tucker Green: Critical Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 89-108. ISBN 978-3030345808

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In a series of dramas since 2005 Debbie tucker green has dramatized human rights issues and global injustice. In this chapter Derbyshire and Hodson argue that these plays go beyond raising awareness of injustice to present complex ethical questions stemming from the specific and subjective experience of those affected. Insisting on the significance of axes of power and discrimination, tucker green encourages spectators to reflect on the impact of factors such as race, gender and nationality both on the experiences of the characters and on their own responses to the drama. By such means, Derbyshire and Hodson argue, tucker green’s plays work to awaken a reflective self-awareness which ultimately enables the adoption of new subject positions from which injustice can be addressed. They make this case with reference to truth and reconciliation (2011) and hang (2015), considering them in relation to the treatment of the archetypal human rights figures of the victim and the perpetrator.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: debbie tucker green, human rights
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS)
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