By Kathleen Glenister Roberts
Drawing from the fields of rhetoric, cultural experiences, literature, and folkloristics, Kathleen Glenister Roberts argues that id and the historical past of alterity within the West will be understood extra sincerely 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 identification is usually negotiated towards Otherness. Roberts interrogates narrative structures of Western biases towards non-Western Others, with each one bankruptcy addressing a Western ancient second via an exemplary narrative. This procedure exhibits that via imagining and objectifying Others, Western cultures have been growing their very own Selves. In confronting the ethnocentrism of previous old 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 accordingly stay away from well-meaning yet naïve demands “cultural sensitivity.”
“Alterity and Narrative is an efficient learn … the tales … are, after all, classics; it's continuously enjoyable to examine them back and in a brand new way.” — magazine of Folklore Research
“Roberts is spectacularly good knowledgeable and writes with a masterly yet attractive variety. Her effective integration of id and tradition contributes to narrative conception and cultural heritage either, and guarantees that this ebook can be learn seriously.” — Clifford Christians, coeditor of communique Ethics and common Values
Kathleen Glenister Roberts is Assistant Professor of communique and Rhetorical reports and Director of the conversation 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