"Whoooo-hoooooo I have a message for you:" Narrative Empathy and the Deconstruction of Convention in Ali Smith's "Hotel World"

UNCA Author/Contributor (non-UNCA co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Margaret Benfield (Creator)
University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA )
Web Site: http://library.unca.edu/
Lorena Russell

Abstract: Ali Smith's second novel, "Hotel World" (2001), is written in a style that could be described as unconventional, using a myriad of modern and postmodern techniques to question life, love, time, and memory through the lives of five different women. In this paper, the author examines how Smith uses different styles and perspectives for the central characters to purposefully invite readers to empathize with some characters, while distancing others.

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Language: English
Date: 2018
narrative convention ; Ali Smith ; writing styles ; empathetic responses

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