Politics of Storytelling: Refugee Tales and Literature

Andreea-Constanta Rata

Student thesis: Master thesis


This thesis investigates the use of storytelling by the Refugee Tales project. The project is assumption described as having three fundamental elements. These elements, together with others that are implicit, yet essential to the project constitute the conceptual framework for the analysis. The analysis starts from the assumption that storytelling functions as a strategy and further explore its relationship with literature, and its potential to address political issues. Hannah Arendt’s theoretical perspective on storytelling and the question of rights, and Rancière’s approach to literature, among others, serve as the theoretical framework. What is uncovered is a ‘politics of storytelling’, where the readers are reminded that storytelling, while also used to damage, is first and foremost an appeal to conscience.

EducationsEnglish, (Bachelor/Graduate Programme) GraduateCultural encounter studies, (Bachelor/Graduate Programme) Graduate
Publication date2018
SupervisorsJesper Kruse


  • Refugee Tales
  • Human Rights
  • storytelling
  • literature
  • Tales
  • detention
  • Refugee
  • Human Movement
  • Politics of Storytelling
  • Detainee,
  • Asylum Seeker