By Kathleen Glenister Roberts
Drawing from the fields of rhetoric, cultural stories, literature, and folkloristics, Kathleen Glenister Roberts argues that identification and the heritage of alterity within the West may be understood extra basically 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 often negotiated towards Otherness. Roberts interrogates narrative structures of Western biases towards non-Western Others, with every one bankruptcy addressing a Western ancient second via an exemplary narrative. This technique indicates that via imagining and objectifying Others, Western cultures have been growing 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 approach. Alterity and Narrative asks that we come up with the money for Others the facility to go beyond their very own ethnocentrism, and for this reason keep away from well-meaning yet naïve demands “cultural sensitivity.”
“Alterity and Narrative is an effective learn … the tales … are, in fact, classics; it's regularly 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 enticing type. Her efficient integration of id and tradition contributes to narrative thought and cultural historical past either, and guarantees that this booklet could be learn seriously.” — Clifford Christians, coeditor of verbal exchange Ethics and common Values
Kathleen Glenister Roberts is Assistant Professor of communique and Rhetorical stories and Director of the verbal exchange 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