By Kathleen Glenister Roberts
Drawing from the fields of rhetoric, cultural stories, literature, and folkloristics, Kathleen Glenister Roberts argues that id and the historical past of alterity within the West could be understood extra truly 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 e-book posits that identification is usually negotiated towards Otherness. Roberts interrogates narrative buildings of Western biases towards non-Western Others, with each one bankruptcy addressing a Western old second via an exemplary narrative. This technique indicates that by means of imagining and objectifying Others, Western cultures have been growing their very own Selves. In confronting the ethnocentrism of prior old moments, Roberts invitations us to acknowledge it within the present—in a brand new means. Alterity and Narrative asks that we come up with 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 truly is regularly 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 enticing kind. Her efficient integration of id and tradition contributes to narrative conception and cultural historical past either, and guarantees that this booklet might 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 verbal exchange 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