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Placeless People: Writings, Rights, and Refugees

Lyndsey Stonebridge


The twentieth century bore witness to the creation of a new class of person: the placeless people; those who cross frontiers and fall out of nation states; the refugees; the stateless; the rightless. Unlike genocide, the impact of mass displacement on modern thought and literature has yet to be recognized. For writers such as Hannah Arendt, W.H. Auden, George Orwell, Samuel Beckett, Simone Weil, and Dorothy Thompson, among others, the outcasts of the twentieth century raised vital questions about sovereignty, humanism, and the future of human rights. Placeless People combines an account of the ... More

Keywords: refugees, twentieth-century literature, human rights, statelessness, citizenship, humanitarianism, Hannah Arendt, Jewish history, Palestine

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198797005
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198797005.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lyndsey Stonebridge, author
Professor of Humanities and Human Rights, University of Birmingham

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