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date: 18 May 2021

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This article examines the relationship between literary critical practice and human rights, and describes the present uses of literary criticism. It analyzes an example of abolitionism and activism as it was conceived and practiced by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Frederick Douglass, and William Lloyd Garrison. The article evaluates how our understanding of texts and issues today can be informed by our analysis and understanding of the myths and metaphors of who we are that we have inherited from earlier literatures and movements.

Keywords: literary critical practice, human rights, literary criticism, abolitionism, activism, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, myths, metaphors

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