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The Ethics of Storytelling: Narrative Hermeneutics, History, and the Possible

Hanna Meretoja

Abstract

Against the backdrop of the polarized debate on the ethical significance of storytelling, this book develops a nuanced framework for exploring the ethical complexity of the roles narratives play in human lives. Focusing on how narratives enlarge and diminish the spaces of possibilities in which people act, think, and reimagine the world, it proposes a theoretical-analytical framework for engaging with both the ethical potential and the risks of storytelling. It elaborates a narrative hermeneutics that treats narratives as culturally mediated interpretative practices that can be oppressive, emp ... More

Keywords: ethics, storytelling, narrative hermeneutics, history, Second World War, perpetrator fiction, narrative, narrative imagination, narrative unconscious, dialogism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190649364
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190649364.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hanna Meretoja, author
University of Turku, Finland