Book News: A Culture of Rights: Law, Literature, and Canada by Benjamin Authers

A Culture of Rights book cover

This June, Guelph University Literary Studies Professor Benjamin Authers will publish his new book A Culture of Rights: Law, Literature, and Canada on University of Toronto Press. The work situates itself within the post-Charter world of 1982 to present, using an intertextual analysis of novels written by Canadian authors within the last three decades of Constitutional rights cases and legal texts. According to Authers, the advent of the Charter has coincided with the rise of “rights”-based literature written by top Canadian literary figures. According to the publisher,

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 …  He suggests that, at present, even when rights are violated, popular insistence on Canada’s rights-driven society remains.

You can read more about the book at the publisher’s website here.


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