Norming the other: narrative empathy via focalised heterotopia

Griffith, Nicola J. (2017) Norming the other: narrative empathy via focalised heterotopia. Doctoral thesis, Anglia Ruskin University.

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Abstract

This critical commentary argues that the novels submitted (emphasis on Ammonite, The Blue Place, and Hild, with three others, Slow River, Stay, and Always briefly referenced), form a coherent body of work which centres and norms the experience of the Other, particularly queer women. Close reading of the novels demonstrates how specific word-choice and metaphor locate the examination of a focalised character’s body in its physical and sensory setting. This examination of the body is referred to as embodiment. The commentary argues that embodiment of the focalised character activates neural mechanisms within the reader to create and sustain narrative empathy. It explores the creation of focalised heterotopias and the narrative consequences for characters traditionally marginalised in our society but not in their own.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Keywords: writing the other, focalised heterotopia, embodied empathy, narrative empathy, gender discourse literature
Faculty: Theses from Anglia Ruskin University
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email melissa.campey@anglia.ac.uk
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2017 14:52
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2017 14:52
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/702162

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