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By Kathleen Glenister Roberts

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

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 should be understood extra essentially 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 ebook 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 old second via an exemplary narrative. This strategy exhibits that via imagining and objectifying Others, Western cultures have been developing 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 approach. Alterity and Narrative asks that we find the money for Others the power to go beyond their very own ethnocentrism, and accordingly steer clear of well-meaning yet naïve demands “cultural sensitivity.”

“Alterity and Narrative is an efficient learn … the tales … are, in fact, classics; it's consistently enjoyable to examine them back and in a brand new way.” — magazine of Folklore Research

“Roberts is spectacularly good trained and writes with a masterly yet attractive sort. Her efficient integration of id and tradition contributes to narrative conception and cultural background 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 reports and Director of the conversation Ethics middle at Duquesne University.

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