Unsettled Narratives

Unsettled Narratives

The Cruise of the Snark features the constant narration of London's physical condition, describing in depth the scars of injury and illness that afflict his body. As Kathryn A. Burnett and Mary Holmes, following the work of Elizabeth ...

Author: David Farrier

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135863197

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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In the nineteenth-century Pacific, the production of a text of encounter occurred in tandem with the production of a settled space; asserting settler presence through the control of the space and the context of the encounter. Indigenous resistance therefore took place through modes of representation that ‘unsettled’ the text. This book considers the work of four Western visitors to the Pacific—Robert Louis Stevenson, William Ellis, Herman Melville, and Jack London—and the consequences for the written text and the experience of cross-cultural encounter when encounter is reduced to writing. The study proposes a strong connection between settling and writing as assertions of presence, and, by engaging a metaphor of building dwellings and building texts, the study examines how each writer manipulates the process of text creation to assert a dominant presence over and against the indigenous presence, which is represented as threatening, and extra-textual.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Embodied Narratives

Embodied Narratives

4.3 Bodies in Narrative Identity Theory Given what has just been said, it is striking that many of the prominent theories of narrative self-constitution cited in the previous chapter have little to say about the relevance of our ...

Author: Emily Postan

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108483742

Category: Law

Page: 315

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As increasing quantities of health and biological information are generated, the need for us all to consider the human impacts of its ubiquity becomes more urgent than ever. This book explains the ethical imperative to take seriously the potential impacts on our identities of encountering bioinformation about ourselves.
Categories: Law

The English Execution Narrative 1200 1700

The English Execution Narrative  1200   1700

Foxe notes that the Bishop of Chester, who presided over Bucer's trial and condemnation, importantly held six years after this Protestant reformer had died in bed, felt that exhuming and burning Bucer's long-dead body was a divinely ...

Author: Katherine Royer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317319788

Category: History

Page: 192

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Royer examines the changing ritual of execution across five centuries and discovers a shift both in practice and in the message that was sent to the population at large. She argues that what began as a show of retribution and revenge became a ceremonial portrayal of redemption as the political, religious and cultural landscape of England evolved.
Categories: History

Understanding Narrative Identity Through Lesbian and Gay Youth

Understanding Narrative Identity Through Lesbian and Gay Youth

It isthe implied objective past created by development narratives thatthis chapterlooks at. Thisextendsthe conceptof the body narrative,where development narratives allow fora story of the body, as the source of desire, that organizes ...

Author: Edmund Coleman-Fountain

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137312709

Category: Social Science

Page: 140

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This book contests the idea that lesbian and gay categories are disappearing, and that sexuality is becoming fluid, by showing how young people use them in a world in which heterosexuality is privileged. Exploring identity making, the book shows how old modernist stories of sexual being entwine with narratives of normality.
Categories: Social Science

Visual Metaphor and Embodiment in Graphic Illness Narratives

Visual Metaphor and Embodiment in Graphic Illness Narratives

Because of their heavy reliance on visual storytelling, the tendency in all illness narratives to engage explicitly with the body is further amplified in the case of graphic pathographies, since the act of “inscribing of sickness into ...

Author: Elisabeth El Refaie

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190678197

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 200

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Metaphors help us understand abstract concepts, emotions, and social relations through the concrete experience of our own bodies. Conceptual Metaphor Theory (CMT), which dominates the field of contemporary metaphor studies, is centered on this claim. According to this theory, correlations in the way the world is perceived in early childhood (e.g., happy/good is up, understanding is seeing) persist in our conceptual system, influencing our thoughts throughout life at a mostly unconscious level. What happens, though, when ordinary embodied experience is disrupted by illness? In this book, Elisabeth El Refaie explores how metaphors change according to our body's alteration due to disease. She analyzes visual metaphor in thirty-five graphic illness narratives (book-length stories about disease in the comics medium), re-examining embodiment in traditional CMT and proposing the notion of "dynamic embodiment." Building on recent strands of research within CMT and engaging relevant concepts from phenomenology, psychology, semiotics, and media studies, El Refaie demonstrates how the experience of our own bodies is constantly adjusting to changes in our individual states of health, socio-cultural practices, and the modes and media by which we communicate. This fundamentally interdisciplinary work also proposes a novel classification system of visual metaphor, based on a three-way distinction between pictorial, spatial, and stylistic metaphors. This approach will enable readers to advance knowledge and understanding of phenomena involved in shaping our everyday thoughts, interactions, and behavior.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

American Road Narratives

American Road Narratives

This containment makes fewer and fewer scales open to women, so that the body becomes the scale at which mobility occurs. Thelma does not say that she has crossed a line (in space), but that something's “crossed over in me.

Author: Ann Brigham

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 9780813937519

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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The freedom to go anywhere and become anyone has profoundly shaped our national psyche. Transforming our sense of place and identity--whether in terms of social and economic status, or race and ethnicity, or gender and sexuality—American mobility is perhaps nowhere more vividly captured than in the image of the open road. From pioneer trails to the latest car commercial, the road looms large as a form of expansiveness and opportunity. Too often it is the celebratory idea of the road as a free-floating zone moving the traveler beyond the typical concerns of space and time that dominates the discussion. Rather than thinking of mobility as an escape from cultural tensions, however, Ann Brigham proposes that we understand mobility as a mode of engagement with them. She explores the genre of road narratives to show how mobility both thrives on and attempts to manage shifting conflicts about space and society in the United States. From the earliest transcontinental automobile narratives from the 1910s, through classics like Jack Kerouac's On the Road and the film Thelma & Louise, up to post-9/11 narratives, Brigham traces the ways in which mobility has been imagined, created, and interrogated over the past century and shows how mobility promises, and threatens, to incorporate the outsider and to blur boundaries. Bringing together textual and cultural analysis, theories of spatiality, and sociohistorical frameworks, this book offers an invigoratingly different view of mobility and a new understanding of the road narrative’s importance in American culture. Choice Outstanding Academic Title from American Library Association
Categories: Literary Criticism

Fashion Dress and Identity in South Asian Diaspora Narratives

Fashion  Dress and Identity in South Asian Diaspora Narratives

Dress might be endowed with symbolism in literature, and it might also acquire a sort of narrative function. ... For, as Yasmin Hussain has said, South Asian diaspora texts offer a 'compelling body of sociological evidence about the ...

Author: Noemí Pereira-Ares

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319613970

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 255

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This book is the first book-length study to explore the sartorial politics of identity in the literature of the South Asian diaspora in Britain. Using fashion and dress as the main focus of analysis, and linking them with a myriad of identity concerns, the book takes the reader on a journey from the eighteenth century to the new millennium, from early travel account by South Asian writers to contemporary British-Asian fictions. Besides sartorial readings of other key authors and texts, the book provides an in-depth exploration of Kamala Markandaya’s The Nowhere Man (1972), Hanif Kureishi’s The Buddha of Suburbia (1990), Meera Syal’s Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee (1999) and Monica Ali’s Brick Lane (2003).This work examines what an analysis of dress contributes to the interpretation of the featured texts, their contexts and identity politics, but it also considers what literature has added to past and present discussions on the South Asian dressed body in Br itain. Endowed with an interdisciplinary emphasis, the book is of interest to students and academics in a variety of fields, including literary criticism, socio-cultural studies and fashion theory.
Categories: Literary Criticism

AIDS narratives

AIDS narratives

... die Privilegierung des Geistes über den Körper sei die Ursache für diese Abwesenheit der literarischen Repräsentation von Krankheit : Literature does its best to maintain that its concern is with the mind ; that the body is a sheet ...

Author: Nicola Birkner

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 3825899357

Category: AIDS (Disease)

Page: 326

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Categories: AIDS (Disease)

Narrative and Consciousness

Narrative and Consciousness

In composing her life story, the narrator pieces together a narrative past through which she recovers “Donna” amid ... Through the discourse of autism she finds a way to represent how it is that she failed to experience her body as her ...

Author: Gary D. Fireman

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195140057

Category: Medical

Page: 265

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The evocation of narrative as a way to understand the content of consciousness has sparked truly interdisciplinary work among psychologists, philosophers and literary critics. The research presented in this volume should appeal to the general reader and researchers enmeshed in these problems.
Categories: Medical

Narrative Therapy

Narrative Therapy

In addition, the postmodern merging of feminist and narrative therapy approaches to women's body talk challenges dominant social narratives that contribute to women's struggles with their bodies and eating.

Author: Catrina Brown

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 9781452222486

Category: Psychology

Page: 369

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Narrative Therapy: Making Meaning, Making Lives offers a comprehensive introduction to the history and theory of narrative therapy. Influenced by feminist, postmodern, and critical theory, this edited volume illustrates how we make sense of our lives and experiences by ascribing meaning through stories that arise within social conversations and culturally available discourses.
Categories: Psychology