Refugees and Representation: Navigating Ethics, Politics and Hospitality in Contemporary Narratives of Forced Displacement

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Refugees and Representation: Navigating Ethics, Politics and Hospitality in Contemporary Narratives of Forced Displacement

Type: Master thesis
Title: Refugees and Representation: Navigating Ethics, Politics and Hospitality in Contemporary Narratives of Forced Displacement
Author: Moulding, Keira
Issue Date: 2019-01-31
Keywords: Refugees
Representation
displacement
media
fiction
discourse
non-fiction
migrants
ethics
Europe
Abstract: Current prevalent representations of displacement are ubiquitous and often deeply shocking. Previous studies of refugee representation have focused on the polarisation of pro/anti-refugee narratives and highlighted patterns in their depiction at opposite poles (in humanitarian and media/political discourses). However, new methods and mediums for representation indicate the evolution of a third discourse which this thesis identifies. At once material, ethical, political and representational, the current crisis of forced migration demands response beyond the reach of governments, intergovernmental and humanitarian organisations. In looking to narrative to enhance our understanding of the contemporary ‘crisis’, cultural representations find new ways of responding to displacement and hosting— without which the debate cannot be advanced. This paper testifies to one strand of cultural engagement with forced migration by focusing on four narratives published since 2015. Reading across genres from fiction to life-stories to journalistic literature and theatre, this thesis examines new discursive approaches to refugee representation in Patrick Kingsley’s The New Odyssey, collaborative refugee writing projects, Voices from the ‘Jungle’ and Shatila Stories, and Joe Robertson and Joe Murphy’s play The Jungle.
Supervisor: Ieven, Bram Koen
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Literary Studies (Master)
Specialisation: Literature in Society
ECTS Credits: 20
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/77209
 

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