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Witnessing Torture


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Part I Torture in Context and Translation 1 Torture: The Catastrophe of a Bond Carlos Alberto Arestivo2 Torture in an Historical Context: Notes from Sudan Mohamed Elgadi3 The Unspeakable Agony of Inflicted Pain: Torture,Betrayal, Redress Robert Francis Garcia4 Translating Trauma, Witnessing Survival Laurie Ball CooperPart II Witnessing Torture and Recovery: Survivors, HealthProfessionals, Institutions 5 The Role of Health Professionals in Torture TreatmentLinda A. Piwowarczyk6 Assessing the Treatment of Torture: BalancingQuantifiable with Intangible Metrics Orlando P. Tizon7 The Little Red Cabinet of Tears: The Impact uponTreatment Providers of Bearing Witness to Torture Judy B. Okawa8 Beyond Institutional Betrayal: When the Professional IsPersonal 111Ellen GerrityPart III Disappearance and Torture, Redress andRepresentation 9 Everardo and the CIA's Long-Term Torture Practices Jennifer Harbury10 Survivors and the Origin of the Conventionfor the Protection of All Persons from EnforcedDisappearance Patricio Rice11 The Tenacity of Memory: Art in the Aftermathof Atrocity Claudia Bernardi12 Teaching about Torture, or, Reading between the Linesin the Humanities Madelaine Hron13 Legal Appeal: Habeas Lawyers Narrate Guantanamo LifeTerri Tomsky14 Did We Survive Torture? Mansoor AdayfiEpilogue: From Solitude to Solidarity Index

About the Author

Alexandra S. Moore is Professor of English and Associate Director of the Human Rights Institute at Binghamton University, USA. Her publications include Vulnerability and Security in Human Rights Literature and Visual Culture (2015) and Regenerative Fictions: Postcolonialism, Psychoanalysis, and the Nation as Family (2004). She has also co-edited several volumes and a special journal issue: The Routledge Companion to Literature and Human Rights (with Sophia A. McClennen, 2015); Teaching Human Rights in Literary and Cultural Studies (with Elizabeth Swanson Goldberg, 2015); Globally Networked Teaching in the Humanities (with Sunka Simon, 2015); Theoretical Perspectives on Human Rights and Literature (with Goldberg, 2011), and Human Rights and Cultural Forms, special issue of College Literature (with Goldberg and Greg Mullins, 2013).Elizabeth Swanson is Professor of English at Babson College, USA, and has published widely on the subject of literature and human rights. Author of Beyond Terror: Gender, Narrative, Human Rights (2007), she is co-editor, with Alexandra Schultheis Moore, of Theoretical Perspectives on Literature and Human Rights (2011) and Options for Teaching Human Rights in Literary and Cultural Studies (2015), and with James Brewer Stewart of Human Bondage and Abolition: New Histories of Slavery Past and Present (2018). She has been a human rights activist since age 14, when she wrote her first letter for Amnesty International, and has for the past ten years worked with survivors of sex trafficking and gender-based violence in southeast Asia to create dignified, sustainable, life and livelihood solutions.


"I would strongly recommend this book to anyone working in the field of life narrative. ... I am very glad that I did, because it forced me to shift my understanding of the work that I do-for the better, I hope." (Annie Pohlman, Biography, Vol. 42 (4), 2019)

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