Ethics and Literary Practice
Newton, Adam Zachary (editor)
This volume draws together a diverse array of scholars from across the humanities to formulate and address the question of “ethics and literary practice” for a new decade. In taking up a conjunction whose terms remain productively open to question, fifteen essays survey a range of approaches and topics including genre and disciplinary rhetoric, emergence theory and literary signification, the ethics of alterity, of attention, and of aesthetics, the decolonial and the paracritical, neorealism and contingency, analogy and affect, scripture and national literature. From Seamus Heaney to Hannah Arendt, Teresa Brennan to Stanley Cavell, Ronit Matalon to Édouard Glissant, Uwe Timm to Katherena Vermette, Notes for Echo Lake to the Gospel of St. Matthew, these contributions demonstrate how broadly and fruitfully ramifying its organizing inquiry can be. Bringing such multifarious perspectives to the topic feels only more urgent as language, meaning, and expression enter the crucible of a “post-truth” era.
KeywordsEthics; Stanley Cavell; Michael Palmer; poetry; American philosophy; Ralph Waldo Emerson; poetics; language poetry; moral perfectionism; emergence; aesthetics; mimesis; Adorno; ethics; literature; skepticism; tragedy; romanticism; Emersonian perfectionism; Emmanuel Levinas; ethics and literature; analogy; empathy; Israeli literature; Israelis and Palestinians; narrative ethics; recognition; responsibility; decoloniality; Kafka; Timm; racism; genocide; German Empire; reading; postcritical; Afro-Caribbean literature; African-American literature; paracritical; Glissant; Seamus Heaney; Jacques Derrida; Seamus Heaney’s Human Rights Lecture; po-ethics; the other; politics; redress; the individual; Shakespeare; Dante Alighieri; Simon Critchley; Czeslaw Miłosz; Primo Levi; alterity; compassion; enlarged thinking; human rights; judgment; refugees; sensus communis; Teresa Brennan; Hélène Cixous; affect; porosity; vulnerability; entre deux; philosophy; attention; representation; indigenous writers; gendered violence; Levinas; Weil; pedagogy; metonymy; metaphor; neorealism; contingency; dialectics; Heidegger; Proust; time; literary form; Being; Alterity; Anthropocene; sonic rhetorics; non-linguistic turn; space; prosody; etymology; Plato; the Other; orthography; classical Greek; Biblical Hebrew; the reversible vov; n/a
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Publication date and placeBasel, Switzerland, 2020