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Human Rights and the Limits of Literary Critique After Abu Ghraib: Reading Hassan Blasim's The Corpse Exhibition
College Literature Pub Date : 2021-04-27
Audrey J. Golden

Abstract:

Hassan Blasim’s Iraqi short story collection, The Corpse Exhibition (2014), signals that traditional modes of critical analysis have reached their limits, offering us only the possibility of implication within the human rights violations we seek to expel. His stories present narratives of violence that force the reader into a position in which she risks reifying acts of torture—turning alleged wartime violence into moments of everyday violence—simply by reading. Blasim alerts his reader of an urgent need to move beyond prevailing forms of critique to newly productive modes of literary encounter. At a moment in which the language of human rights has become so pervasive in fiction and political speech, Blasim’s work suggests there is no form of encounter with the text that does not put us in the precarious position of doing more harm than good. To read—an everyday act of the privileged, or of those in positions of social and cultural power—becomes an exploit through which we develop the capacity to create images of torture, thereby bringing particularized violence, without regard for its temporal or spatial position, into the realm of the everyday.



中文翻译:

阿布·格莱布(Abu Ghraib)之后的人权与文学批评的局限性:阅读哈桑·布拉西姆(Hassan Blasim)的《尸体展览》

摘要:

哈桑·布拉西姆(Hassan Blasim)的伊拉克短篇小说集,尸体展览(2014年)的信号表明,传统的批判分析模式已经达到了极限,这仅向我们提供了我们试图驱逐的侵犯人权行为的隐含可能性。他的故事呈现了暴力叙事,迫使读者处于一种危险,在这种情况下,她可能会通过阅读来冒险化解酷刑行为-将所谓的战时暴力转变为日常暴力时刻。布拉辛(Blasim)提醒他的读者,迫切需要超越主流的批评形式,转向崭新的文学遭遇方式。在人权语言在小说和政治言论中变得如此普遍的时刻,布拉西姆的著作表明,没有任何形式的文字冲突不会使我们处于危害大于弊的危险境地。阅读-特权人士的日常行为,

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