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John E. Drabinski

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748641031

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641031.001.0001

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Ethics of Entanglement

Ethics of Entanglement

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(p.129) Chapter 4 Ethics of Entanglement
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Levinas and the Postcolonial
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John E. Drabinski

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641031.003.0004

This chapter examines the issues of otherness in relation to Edouard Glissant's account of entanglement. It suggests that an interpretation of Emmanuel Levinas as a post-Shoah thinker opens up important points of contact and contrast with Glissant's treatment of the Middle Passage, trauma, and the Caribbean problem of beginning. The chapter also argues that a rereading of fecundity and futurity in Levinas's Totality and Infinity exposes a nascent sense of continuity in Levinas's thought which cannot be found in Glissant's account.

Keywords:   otherness, Edouard Glissant, entanglement, Emmanuel Levinas, Middle Passage, trauma, Caribbean problem, Totality and Infinity

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