By Kathleen Glenister Roberts
Drawing from the fields of rhetoric, cultural reviews, literature, and folkloristics, Kathleen Glenister Roberts argues that id and the heritage of alterity within the West could be understood extra essentially via narrative motifs. She offers 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 id is usually negotiated towards Otherness. Roberts interrogates narrative structures of Western biases towards non-Western Others, with each one bankruptcy addressing a Western historic second via an exemplary narrative. This procedure exhibits that via imagining and objectifying Others, Western cultures have been developing their very own Selves. In confronting the ethnocentrism of earlier historic moments, Roberts invitations us to acknowledge it within the present—in a brand new means. Alterity and Narrative asks that we find the money for Others the power to go beyond their very own ethnocentrism, and for that reason stay away from well-meaning yet naïve demands “cultural sensitivity.”
“Alterity and Narrative is an effective learn … the tales … are, after all, classics; it's constantly 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 type. Her efficient integration of identification and tradition contributes to narrative concept and cultural historical past either, and guarantees that this ebook should be learn seriously.” — Clifford Christians, coeditor of verbal exchange Ethics and common Values
Kathleen Glenister Roberts is Assistant Professor of conversation and Rhetorical reports and Director of the conversation Ethics middle 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