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Speaking Rights to PowerConstructing Political Will$
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Alison Brysk

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199982660

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199982660.001.0001

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Plotting Rights

Plotting Rights

The Power of Performance

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Speaking Rights to Power

Alison Brysk

Oxford University Press

The plot of a narrative claim for human rights is delivered by a political performance. This chapter explores performance genres of testimonial, political theatre, protest allegories, and parody. It profiles cases of the Vagina Monologues, India's Anna Hazare protest movement, political satire in Russia, and the Colbert Report.

Keywords:   Political theater, parody, allegory, Vagina Monologues, Anna Hazare, Putin, Pussy Riot, Colbert Report

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