Alterity and Narrative: Stories and the Negotiation of Western Identities

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SUNY Press, 01.02.2012 - 238 Seiten
Intertwines identity and culture to demonstrate how identity is negotiated over a given history.

Drawing from the fields of rhetoric, cultural studies, literature, and folkloristics, Kathleen Glenister Roberts argues that identity and the history of alterity in the West can be understood more clearly through narrative motifs. She provides analyses of these motifs including infanticide, universalism, the Tower of Babel, the warrior Other, the noble savage, entropology, and the trickster. With current intellectual conflict as its subtext, this book posits that identity is always negotiated toward Otherness. Roberts interrogates narrative constructions of Western biases toward non-Western Others, with each chapter addressing a Western historical moment through an exemplary narrative. This process shows that by imagining and objectifying Others, Western cultures were creating their own Selves. In confronting the ethnocentrism of past historical moments, Roberts invites us to recognize it in the present—in a new way. Alterity and Narrative asks that we afford Others the ability to transcend their own ethnocentrism, and therefore avoid well-meaning but naïve calls for “cultural sensitivity.”

Kathleen Glenister Roberts is Assistant Professor of Communication and Rhetorical Studies and Director of the Communication Ethics Center at Duquesne University.
 

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MEDEA IN ANCIENT GREECE AND BEYOND
21
SAINT PAUL AND UNIVERSALISM
41
REVERBERATIONS FROM THE TOWER OF BABEL
69
THE OTHER AS COMRADE INOTHELLO AND WORLD WAR II
93
DIDEROTS TAHITI AND OTHER IMAGINARY LOCALES
117
THE RISE OF ENTROPOLOGY INA CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHURS COURT
143
TRICKSTER THE POSTMODERN HERO
171
INTERCULTURAL HOPEALTERITY POST911
191
Notes
201
References
203
Index
217
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Kathleen Glenister Roberts is Assistant Professor of Communication and Rhetorical Studies and Director of the Communication Ethics Center at Duquesne University.

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