‘Pithy and powerful, this book plumbs the crucial questions of our times.’ – Lisa Appignanesi
Lyndsey Stonebridge will be in conversation with Sunny Singh on the Authors’ Club YouTube Channel about her book Writing and Righting: Literature in the Age of Human Rights.
The obvious humanity of books would seem to make literature and human rights natural allies. In this short, polemical book, Stonebridge shows how the history of human rights does indeed owe much to the creative imagining of writers. Yet, she argues, it is not enough to claim that literature is the empathetic wing of the human rights movement. At a time when human rights are so blatantly under attack, the writers we need now are the political truthtellers, the bold callers out of easy sympathy and comfortable platitudes.
Lyndsey Stonebridge is Professor of Humanities and Human Rights at the University of Birmingham. Her recent books include Placeless People: Rights, Writing, and Refugees (OUP, 2018), winner of the Modernist Studies Association Best Book Prize, 2019, and The Judicial Imagination: Writing after Nuremberg (Edinburgh University Press, 2011), winner of the British Academy Rose Mary Crawshay Prize, 2014. A regular broadcaster and media commentator, she has written for the New Statesman, Prospect, and the New Humanist.