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Law, Literature and Genocide: Rupert Bazambanza’s Smile Through the Tears

Pegorier, Clotilde (2019) 'Law, Literature and Genocide: Rupert Bazambanza’s Smile Through the Tears.' Pólemos, 13 (1). ISSN 2036-4601

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Abstract

Proceeding from the view that international criminal law remains a neglected area of study within law-and-literature scholarship, this article undertakes a critical reading of Rupert Bazambanza’s 2004 graphic novel Smile Through the Tears, set during the Rwandan genocide. It argues that Bazambanza’s text not only provides a powerful rendering of the subjective experience of the victims of genocide, but also reveals to the reader a number of the conditioning factors that catalysed the violence. Reading the novel alongside case law and academic literature, the article ventures an analysis of how, by exposing such factors, the text might also aid in furthering awareness and understanding of core issues relating to the legal framework of genocide.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Genocide – International Criminal Law – Law-and-Literature – Incitement to Genocide – Dehumanisation - Classification
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Law, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2019 14:22
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 17:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/23639

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