By Kathleen Glenister Roberts

ISBN-10: 0791472175

ISBN-13: 9780791472170

ISBN-10: 0791472183

ISBN-13: 9780791472187

Intertwines identification and tradition to illustrate how id is negotiated over a given history.

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 will 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 publication posits that id is often 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 strategy indicates that via imagining and objectifying Others, Western cultures have been growing their very own Selves. In confronting the ethnocentrism of earlier ancient moments, Roberts invitations us to acknowledge it within the present—in a brand new approach. Alterity and Narrative asks that we have enough money Others the facility to go beyond their very own ethnocentrism, and hence keep away from well-meaning yet naïve demands “cultural sensitivity.”

“Alterity and Narrative is an effective learn … the tales … are, after all, classics; it truly is continually 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 effective integration of identification and tradition contributes to narrative concept and cultural heritage 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 communique and Rhetorical reviews and Director of the verbal exchange Ethics heart at Duquesne University.

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