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Otherness

A Multilateral Perspective

Edited By Susan Yi Sencindiver, Maria Beville and Marie Lauritzen

In recent decades, theoretical and critical studies have oscillated between, on the one hand, wrestling otherness from a condition in which it is dependent on and defined relative to the notion of the same and, on the other hand, pursuing an approach to sameness and universality uncontaminated by otherness. Yet these concepts continuously prove mutually dependent. Together, they constitute a dynamic and productive tension which this book addresses. Inquiring into the representations and nature of self-other relationships in art, literature and culture, the chapters are written in and to a contemporary world struggling with the critical question of otherness and its present-day status. Given the complexity and multidimensional nature of otherness, a multilateral focus is called for and so this collection of selected essays brings together a range of scholarly disciplines and inquiries to engage in a multilateral discussion of otherness.

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PART III SOCIOCULTURAL ASPECTS OF OTHER ESS: GLOCAL, TRANSCULTURAL A D SPECTRAL MOBILE SELVES

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PART III SOCIOCULTURAL ASPECTS OF OTHERESS: GLOCAL, TRASCULTURAL AD SPECTRAL MOBILE SELVES 201 9 HOW TO NARRATE THE OTHER Svend Erik Larsen Otherness and everydayness The first film of globalisation. This label has been attached to the film Babel from 2006 by the Mexican director Alejañdro Iñárritus. In terms of content, it is easy to see why. An American couple joins a tourist group on a bus trip in Mo- rocco. Out of the blue the wife is seriously wounded by an accidental gunshot, but survives under chaotic and primitive conditions, helped by the locals. Simul- taneously, the accident is broadcasted worldwide in the TV news. At the same time in Japan, a rich and widowed businessman’s deaf-mute daughter desperate- ly throws herself into the hectic urban life of drugs and discos. Her father has been on a hunting trip to Morocco and rewarded his guide with a gun. Now, the weapon ends up in the hands of two goat herding boys who for fun fire a couple of shots towards the Americans’ passing tour bus. In LA a Mexican nanny leaves with the children in her care to take part in her son’s wedding just on the other side of the Mexican border. After a colourful party, somewhat exotic for the two American children, everything gets out of hand during their return trip. The driv- er, the nanny’s nephew, has not yet sobered up and drives madly away from the police, drops his aunt and the two...

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