n English in Africa - Put to rights : testimony, witnessing and human rights in Human Rights and Narrated Lives : The Ethics of Recognition : review article
|Article Title||Put to rights : testimony, witnessing and human rights in Human Rights and Narrated Lives : The Ethics of Recognition : review article|
|© Publisher:||Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)|
|Journal||English in Africa|
|Author||Judith Lutge Coullie|
|Publication Date||May 2006|
|Pages||137 - 149|
The debate about whether it is necessary - or, indeed, possible - to distinguish between fictional and non-fictional narratives rages on. Those who argue that such distinctions are spurious are armed with some heavy artillery: they point out that all attempts to convey factual information are shaped in accordance with the generic and - more broadly - cultural norms governing such texts; all textual representations of the real carry the biases and limitations not only of the recording 'I' but more profoundly of the language in which they are expressed; all apprehensions of the real (including the self) are mediated - or even more fundamentally, directed - by culture and history.
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