Rocznik Komparatystyczny

ISSN: 2081-8718     eISSN: 2353-2831     DOI: 10.18276/rk.2015.6-01
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Lista wydań / 6 (2015)
What Do We Do When the Other Speaks Her Own Language: Returning to the Ethics of Comparativism

Rok wydania:2015
Liczba stron:15 (9-23)
Słowa kluczowe: Paul Ricoeur Hans-Georg Gadamer etyka literackiego zaangażowania Inny studia nad innością hermeneutyka literatura porównawcza Emmanuel Levinas
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Autorzy: Dorothy Figueira
University of Georgia


This article examines the ethical dimensions of the Other, as it is configured in the discipline of Comparative Literature, particularly as it is practiced in the US in the recent proliferation of critical schools that claim to engage alterity in a respectful and inclusive fashion. It begins with a summary of the philosophical employments of the Other dating from the Greeks through Existentialism. It then investigates the role of the Other in the hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer and Paul Ricoeur and the historiography of Michel de Certeau. Examining how these conceptions of alterity have impacted upon literary studies, attention is then turned to the work of Emmanuel Levinas. How can the thoughts of these various thinkers contribute to and/or reanimate current theoretical approachs to “reading” the Other that appear to have become the goal of literary studies today?
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