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Author Authers, Benjamin James, 1975- author.

Title A culture of rights : law, literature, and Canada / Benjamin Authers.

Published Toronto ; Buffalo ; London : University of Toronto Press, 2016.
©2016.

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Location Call No. Status
 UniM Law  KA 70 A7 AUTH    DUE 09-04-24
Physical description viii, 192 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 159-181) and index.
Contents 1 "This Is Why Redress Matters": Rights and National Belonging 29 -- 2 Excessive Rights: Freedom of Expression and Analogies of Harm 47 -- 3 "Nothing but the Pure, Entire, and Unblemished Truth?": Trials, Counter Narratives, and Legal Rights 74 -- 4 Allegory, Interpretation, and Equality Rights 100 -- 5 "We Don't Need Anybody's Constitution": Indigenous Peoples and Resistance to Rights 127.
Summary "With the passage into law of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982, rights took on new legal, political, and social significance in Canada. In the decades following, Canadian jurisprudence has emphasised the importance of rights, determining their shape and asserting their centrality to legal ideas about what Canada represents. At the same time, an increasing number of Canadian novels have also engaged with the language of human rights and civil liberties, reflecting, like their counterparts in law, the possibilities of rights and the failure of their protection. In A Culture of Rights, Benjamin Authers reads novels by authors including Joy Kogawa, Margaret Atwood, Timothy Findley, and Jeanette Armstrong alongside legal texts and key constitutional rights cases, arguing for the need for a more complex, interdisciplinary understanding of the sources of rights in Canada and elsewhere. He suggests that, at present, even when rights are violated, popular insistence on Canada's rights-driven society remains. Despite the limited scope of our rights, and the deferral of more substantive rights protections to some projected, ideal Canada, we remain keen to promote ourselves as members of an entirely just society."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Canada. Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Legal literature -- Canada -- History -- 20th century.
Law and literature -- Canada.
Law in literature.
Human rights in literature.
Civil rights in literature.
Politics in literature.
Canada -- In literature.
History.
ISBN 9781442631878
1442631872
9781442625792
1442625791

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