Selective empathy: stories and the power of narrative

Forna, A (2017) 'Selective empathy: stories and the power of narrative.' World Literature Today, 91 (6). ISSN 0196-3570

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In this essay Forna examines how writers may use stories to evoke and to manipulate empathy in ways that are often overlooked and describes how writers from beyond the mainstream have responded in creating different spheres of empathy.

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The text of this essay was first delivered as a keynote speech at the University of Maine in November 2016, at the African Studies Association Conference in December 2016, at a Macalester College roundtable on empathy in 2017. An extract of the speech appear in the Guardian newspaper in February 17th 2017 and the full text was published as a featured PUTERBAUGH ESSAY in World Literature Today in November 2017.

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