Michael Bösch and Susanne Kaul

The Right To Tell That It Hurt:Fiction and Political Performance of Human Rights in South Africa

This essay examines the political impact of the ways in which human rights are “staged” by the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The committee for human rights violations collected stories of the victims and presented them during the public hearing. As such, telling of the truth was meant to contribute to restoring the dignity of victims and reconciling the nation after apartheid. By “staging”, then, we mean the theatrical performance of these hearings. The aim of this essay is to examine that policy of commemorative juridical culture in the following South African literatures and their filmic adaptations: ...

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