Fiction's Truth and Social Change. Preliminary outlines for an investigation of fiction as a research method and a means of communication for social change

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Publication Conference Paper, peer reviewed
Title Fiction's Truth and Social Change. Preliminary outlines for an investigation of fiction as a research method and a means of communication for social change
Author(s) Hemer, Oscar
Date 2006-07
English abstract
As indicated by Appadurai (1996) and Ashcroft (2001), fiction has a privileged position in relation to journalism and other writing practices when it comes to promoting social action and change. Dramatized fictions, not least, in the form of live theatre, film or broadcast soap operas, are potentially very powerful communication tools. Literature played a key-role in building the imagined communities of both colonial empires and nation-states, in Europe as well as in the newly independent former colonies of Africa, Asia and the Americas. Today, not only literature but also other forms of mediated fiction may serve as important means of deconstructing the same mythologies and, possibly, foster the building of new transnational communities. My focus in this paper is on literary fiction as a transgressive means of investigation on the one hand and as a vehicle for cultural identification and social empowerment on the other. I will argue that these two aspects are intrinsically connected, and that the second aim should be subordinated to the first. Keywords are Truth, Transgression and Interpolation.
Pages "Rethinking Communication for Development"
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Fiction
Social Change
Humanities/Social Sciences
Communication
Note Paper prersented at the conference "Rethinking Communication for Development" at University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 5-7 July 2006
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/7465 (link to this page)

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