By Kathleen Glenister Roberts
Drawing from the fields of rhetoric, cultural reviews, literature, and folkloristics, Kathleen Glenister Roberts argues that identification and the background of alterity within the West could be understood extra in actual fact via narrative motifs. She presents analyses of those motifs together with infanticide, universalism, the Tower of Babel, the warrior different, the noble savage, entropology, and the trickster. With present highbrow clash as its subtext, this booklet posits that identification is usually negotiated towards Otherness. Roberts interrogates narrative structures of Western biases towards non-Western Others, with every one bankruptcy addressing a Western historic second via an exemplary narrative. This approach indicates that by means of imagining and objectifying Others, Western cultures have been growing their very own Selves. In confronting the ethnocentrism of prior historic moments, Roberts invitations us to acknowledge it within the present—in a brand new means. Alterity and Narrative asks that we have the funds for Others the facility to go beyond their very own ethnocentrism, and consequently steer clear of well-meaning yet naïve demands “cultural sensitivity.”
“Alterity and Narrative is an effective learn … the tales … are, after all, classics; it really is continuously enjoyable to examine them back and in a brand new way.” — magazine of Folklore Research
“Roberts is spectacularly good proficient and writes with a masterly yet attractive sort. Her effective integration of identification and tradition contributes to narrative concept and cultural historical past either, and guarantees that this e-book might be learn seriously.” — Clifford Christians, coeditor of conversation Ethics and common Values
Kathleen Glenister Roberts is Assistant Professor of communique and Rhetorical reviews and Director of the communique Ethics heart at Duquesne University.
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Alterity and Narrative: Stories and the Negotiation of Western Identities (SUNY series, Negotiating Identity: Discourses, Politics, Processes, and Praxes) by Kathleen Glenister Roberts