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Narrative Humanism: Kindness and Complexity in Fiction and Film

Wyatt Moss-Wellington


How can stories function as expressions of kindness to others, and how might the narratives we live by then affect our behaviour in the world? Is there such a thing as a ‘humanistic drama’? This book attempts to clarify the narrative conditions of humanism, asking how we can use stories to complicate our understanding of others, and questioning the ethics and efficacy of attempts to represent human social complexity in fiction. With case studies of films like Parenthood (1989), Junebug (2005), Little Miss Sunshine (2006) and The Kids Are All Right (2010), this original study synthesises leadin ... More

Keywords: Humanism, narratology, ethics, film studies, storytelling, kindness, altruism, suburbia, ensemble narratives, emotion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781474454315
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474454315.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wyatt Moss-Wellington, author
University of Sydney