Storytelling and Ethics : Literature, Visual Arts and the Power of Narrative book cover
SAVE
$32.00
1st Edition

Storytelling and Ethics
Literature, Visual Arts and the Power of Narrative





ISBN 9781138244061
Published September 28, 2017 by Routledge
324 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

 
SAVE ~ $32.00
was $160.00
USD $128.00

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Preview

Book Description

In recent years there has been a huge amount of both popular and academic interest in storytelling as something that is an essential part of not only literature and art but also our everyday lives as well as our dreams, fantasies, aspirations, historical self-understanding, and political actions. The question of the ethics of storytelling always, inevitably, lurks behind these discussions, though most frequently it remains implicit rather than explicit. This volume explores the ethical potential and risks of storytelling from an interdisciplinary perspective. It stages a dialogue between contemporary literature and visual arts across media (film, photography, performative arts), interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives (debates in narrative studies, trauma studies, cultural memory studies, ethical criticism), and history (traumatic histories of violence, cultural history). The collection analyses ethical issues involved in different strategies employed in literature and art to narrate experiences that resist telling and imagining, such as traumatic historical events, including war and political conflicts. The chapters explore the multiple ways in which the ethics of storytelling relates to the contemporary arts as they work with, draw on, and contribute to historical imagination. The book foregrounds the connection between remembering and imagining and explores the ambiguous role of narrative in the configuration of selves, communities, and the relation to the non-human. While discussing the ethical aspects of storytelling, it also reflects on the relevance of artistic storytelling practices for our understanding of ethics. Making an original contribution to interdisciplinary narrative studies and narrative ethics, this book both articulates a complex understanding of how artistic storytelling practices enable critical distance from culturally dominant narrative practices, and analyzes the limitations and potential pitfalls of storytelling.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction: Intersections of Storytelling and Ethics



Hanna Meretoja and Colin Davis





Part I: The ethical potential and limits of narrative



Chapter 2: Truth, Ethics, Fiction: Responding to Plato’s Challenge



Colin Davis



Chapter 3: Is there an Ethics to Story-Telling?



Mieke Bal



Chapter 4: Forms of Ordering: Trauma, Narrative and Ethics



Robert Eaglestone



Chapter 5: The Decline of Narrative and the Rise of the Archive



Ernst van Alphen



Chapter 6: The Story of the "Anthropos": Writing Humans and Other Primates in Contemporary Fiction



Danielle Sands



Chapter 7: From Appropriation to Dialogic Exploration: A Non-Subsumptive Model of Storytelling



Hanna Meretoja





Part II: Narrative temporalities: imagining an other life



Chapter 8: Alexander Kluge’s "Saturday in Utopia": Making Time for Other Lives with German Critical Theory and Heliotropic Narration



Leslie A. Adelson





Chapter 9: Melancholy and the Narration of Transnational Trauma in W.G. Sebald and Teju Cole



Kaisa Kaakinen



Chapter 10: Memory as Imagination in Elina Hirvonen’s When I Forgot



Riitta Jytilä



Chapter 11: Popular Representation of East Germany: Whose History is it?



Molly Andrews



Chapter 12: Realities in the Making: The Ethics of Fabulation in Observational Documentary Cinema



Ilona Hongisto





Part III: Narrative engagements with violence and trauma



Chapter 13: The Empathetic Listener and the Ethics of Storytelling



Aleida Assmann



Chapter 14: Theatre, Ethics and Restitution: What is Theatre Good For?



Anna Reading



Chapter 15: Towards an Intercultural Aesthetics: Shaping the Memory of Political Violence and Historical Trauma in Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s Artwork Where is Where?



Mia Hannula



Chapter 16: Reading Terror: Imagining Violent Acts through the Rational or Narrative Sublime



Cassandra Falke



Chapter 17: War & Storytelling After 9/11: A Photojournalist’s Perspective



Louie Palu





Part IV: Concluding reflections



Chapter 18: Narrative in Dark Times



Andreea Deciu Ritivoi

...
View More

Editor(s)

Biography

Colin Davis is Professor of French at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.





Hanna Meretoja is Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of SELMA: Centre for the Study of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory at the University of Turku, Finland.