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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Whose Human Justice and Reconciliation?: William Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, Joseph Sobol’s The Palestinait (Palestinian Girl) and the South African Truth Commission

Martin Orkin.

How do the rhetorics of justice and reconciliation manifest themselves in ‘Cymbeline” one of the plays concerned with the articulation of an early modern English version of justice in the Shakespeare canon, itself a significant icon in the western tradition? In what ways does this compare with or intersect with two late twentieth century attempts to grapple with issues of nation, reconciliation and justice, firstly Joseph Sobol’s left leaning Israeli play ‘The Palestinait (The Palestinian Girl)’ which attempts to articulate a solution to the Israel-Palestine problem and secondly the proceedings of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its attempts in ‘post-apartheid’ South Africa to contribute to reconciliation and a culture of human rights. What conclusions can be drawn about the rhetorics of ‘human justice’ and reconciliation evident in these three works?


Martin Orkin  (Israel)
Professor Haver
Departments of English and Theatre
University of Haifa

  • Justice and Rhetoric
  • Nation and Justice
  • Reconciliation and Justice

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)