Postmodernity, Ethics and the Novel: From Leavis to Levinas

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In Postmodernity, Ethics and the Novel Andrew Gibson sets out to demonstrate that postmodern theory has actually made possible an ethical discourse around fiction.
Each chapter elaborates and discusses a particular aspect of Levinas' thought and raises questions for that thought and its bearing on the novel. It also contains detailed analyses of particular texts. Part of the book's originality is its concentration on a range of modernist and ...

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Overview

In Postmodernity, Ethics and the Novel Andrew Gibson sets out to demonstrate that postmodern theory has actually made possible an ethical discourse around fiction.
Each chapter elaborates and discusses a particular aspect of Levinas' thought and raises questions for that thought and its bearing on the novel. It also contains detailed analyses of particular texts. Part of the book's originality is its concentration on a range of modernist and postmodern novels which have seldom if ever served as the basis for a larger ethical theory of fiction.
Postmodernity, Ethics and the Novel discusses among others the writings of Joseph Conrad, Henry James, Jane Austen, Samuel Beckett, Marcel Proust and Salman Rushdie.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415198967
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/17/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Gibson is Dircetor of the MA in Postmodernism, Literature and Culture at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
Pt. I Dissolutions 23
1 Narrative and alterity 25
2 Ethics and unrepresentability 54
3 Ethics and 'the dissolution of the novel' 85
Pt. II Events 109
4 Proustian ethics 111
5 Ethics of the event: Beckett 134
Pt. III Responses 159
6 Sensibility 161
7 Reception and receptivity 186
Bibliography 213
Index 225
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