Daily Archives: September 24, 2014

Narrative and Power (HUM303)

And yet there is a pervasive unease in our world – a sense that the very forces that have brought us together have created new dangers, and made it difficult for any single nation to insulate itself from global forces. As we gather here, an outbreak of Ebola overwhelms public health systems in West Africa, and threatens to move rapidly across borders. Russian aggression in Europe recalls the days when large nations trampled small ones in pursuit of territorial ambition. The brutality of terrorists in Syria and Iraq forces us to look into the heart of darkness.

What kind of work is this narrative fragment doing? What are the effects of that work? Does the significance of these words change if you’ve read Joseph Conrad’s novella Heart of Darkness?
You can read the entire text of Obama’s UN speech below.

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