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ERIC Number: ED450429
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
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Multivalent Narratives: Extending the Narrative Paradigm with Insights from Ancient Indian Rhetoric.
Stroud, Scott R.
Research that has focused on ancient Indian rhetoric, a sub-category of Eastern rhetoric, has largely eschewed focus on the narrative paradigm as a theoretical guide. These narratives often enshrine didactic elements, contradictions, and mythic traits that often confound and inspire Western audiences. These archaic religious/philosophical texts are increasingly making their way over into the non-Eastern world. This paper shall demonstrate one possible way that Eastern narrative, specifically ancient Indian didactic texts, can revise the current understanding of the narrative paradigm to allow for the introduction of new values and narratives to an audience. Using the examples of the "Avadhoota Gita" and the "Devi Gita," the paper delineates the niche for possibility in the narratives and their possible effects on a foreign audience. The paper labels these texts as "multivalent narratives"--by enshrining coexisting and conflicting value structures within their narratives, they expose audiences to new values and ideas while not alienating them through extreme novelty. The paper analyzes selected Indian narratives, with implications being drawn as to how they function to expose their potential audiences to novel value structures and ideas. J. Poulakos ends a 1984 article on the Sophists and Aristotle with a call to explore the relatively unexamined practices of the Sophistic rhetoric of possibility; the paper answers that call, albeit with a focus on the possible within Indian narratives. (Contains 61 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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