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  •  Well, I won't go with the analogy to roller (7+ / 0-)

    coasters, since I suffer from vertigo, but could you unpack the above a bit more? Don't we all learn some basic empathy and putting ourselves in others' shoes every time we read fiction?

    I think you are making a different and more complex point and I'd like to learn more.

    It's *Gandhi*, not Ghandi

    by poco on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 02:59:10 PM PDT

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    •  I suppose it depends on the fiction (12+ / 0-)

      you read.  Fiction can be a powerful force in changing people's minds (Uncle Tom's Cabin, for example).  But one reason Uncle Tom's Cabin "worked" is that Beecher Stowe created a version of blackness that appealed to white hearts.  Reading, Douglass, on the other, was much more painful for whites, and fewer of them did it.  He asked them to go to more difficult places. I'd say the difference was that the racism of most Beecher Stowe readers remained intact, while careful an attentive readers of Douglass had their world turned upside down.

      And this, really, is what I'm saying about stepping out of a comfort zone. Is that clearer? If not, keeping asking questions. :)

      "If you fake the funk, your nose will grow." -- Bootsy Collins

      by hepshiba on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 03:09:40 PM PDT

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