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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

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

John E. Drabinski

Edinburgh University Press

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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