Abstract

Dave Eggers's What Is the What is the fictionalized real-life story of Valentino Achak Deng, one of Sudan's "Lost Boys." Critical of a rhetoric of rescue and promise, the novel questions humanitarianism and the prescriptive, colonial, and even racist undertones of its humanism, while at the same time sustaining the value of a humanist language of rights in humanitarian life writing.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1456
Print ISSN
0162-4962
Pages
pp. 115-136
Launched on MUSE
2012-07-01
Open Access
No
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