Why are many readers drawn to stories that texture ethnic
experiences and identities other than their own? How do authors
such as Salman Rushdie and Maxine Hong Kingston, or filmmakers in
Bollywood or Mexico City produce complex fiction that satisfies
audiences worldwide? In Analyzing World Fiction,
fifteen renowned luminaries use tools of narratology and insights
from cognitive science and neurobiology to provide answers to these
questions and more.
With essays ranging from James Phelan's "Voice, Politics, and
Judgments in Their Eyes Were Watching God" and Hilary
Dannenberg's "Narrating Multiculturalism in British Media: Voice
and Cultural Identity in Television" to Ellen McCracken's
exploration of paratextual strategies in Chicana literature, this
expansive collection turns the tide on approaches to postcolonial
and multicultural phenomena that tend to compress author and
narrator, text and real life. Striving to celebrate the art of
fiction, the voices in this anthology explore the "ingredients"
that make for powerful, universally intriguing, deeply human
Systematically synthesizing the tools of narrative theory along
with findings from the brain sciences to analyze multicultural and
postcolonial film, literature, and television, the contributors
pioneer new techniques for appreciating all facets of the wonder of
Subjects: Language & Literature, Sociology
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