Literature and Human Rights

Human Rights have been partially taught in variety of genres of Humanities and Social Sciences. It has seen its different variety of forms for an example – in Media it is related with issues such as censorship or in various other genres of social sciences – Human Rights is studied in a different way. Human Rights has been a matter of discipline of law, political science or the cultural studies. But what about in Literature? The study of literature is nowadays more and more interdisciplinary. This is allowing the courses and other disciplines to make the study of literature more diverse and interesting.  As a part of Blog Action Day 2013 and the theme set for this year #HumanRights , I chose the topic of – Literature and Human Rights, which is one of the subjects I am studying now – to write about.

“Literature and Human Rights” is also one of the courses I am pursuing in my Masters of Philosophy ( MPHIL ) in English class. This is the unique course that has been introduced by Tribhuvan University, Nepal for the MPHIL students. However, the subject teacher told that the course is of Undergraduate studies in America (Ironical). Human behavior, condition and thinking are explored in literature additionally Human Rights is also the product of same human civilization. Human Rights are certain type of rights that are peculiar to human themselves. The first and foremost or the ancient form of Human Rights is Religion. Most of the religions talk about human rights which makes the subject matter naturally literature of human rights.

In the subject Literature and Human Rights we are studying a variety of texts that are related to the theoretical aspects of the Human Rights, its definition and explanation as well as analysis. Moreover we are also studying literary approaches to study Human Rights, the theories on Human Rights. As well as we are studying the Literature of violence including trauma. With the approaches of selected theorists we will be re looking the literature from the perspective of various theories including the trauma theory. With all these, we will also be studying what is the purpose of literary works?

I am personally very much excited for this course. I am also very glad that I chose the topic based on my course that will let people of the world to know about the teaching and learning process on Human Rights in a small country like Nepal. I am hopeful that the course will be able to shape my mind on variety of issues of the world.

Moreover, one off the topic thing about Syria , I want to write about. From past many months, I have been hearing about Syrian Crisis. Daily many people are dying, before that there were Libyan and Egyptian Crisis. These two crisis went along nicely and ended calmly but what about SYRIA – why are we silent about Syria? The Human Rights Violation in that country is exceeding limits – I can barely read the news of Syria with more than 50 innocents being killed almost every day. When will Syria get the Justice? When will be the Syrians live a life exercising their Human Rights?

( Written as part of Blog Action Day 2013 )


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