Fault Lines of Modernity: The Fractures and Repairs of Religion, Ethics, and Literature

Fault Lines of Modernity: The Fractures and Repairs of Religion, Ethics, and Literature


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ISBN-13: 9781501316654
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 09/20/2018
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Kitty Millet is Professor of Comparative Jewish Literatures and Holocaust Studies, as well as Chair of the Department of Jewish Studies, at San Francisco State University, USA. She is also chairperson of the International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA) research committee on Religion, Ethics, and Literature. Her book, The Victims of Slavery, Colonization, and the Holocaust: A Comparative History of Persecution (Bloomsbury, 2017), analyzes the constitutive side of victimization within three groups, slaves in the Americas, Africans under German colonization, and death camp survivors of the Reinhard camps.

Dorothy Figueira is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Georgia, USA. She is the author of three books, including Otherwise Occupied: Theories and Pedagogies of Alterity (2008), and the editor of three books. She is past President of the International Comparative Literature Association (2005-6), former Editor of The Comparatist (2007-2011), and current Editor of the journal, Recherche littéraire/ Literary Research.

Table of Contents

Kitty Millet (San Francisco State University, USA)

I. The Transcendental and Transcendence
1. Rewriting Grand Narratives as a Supratemporal Mystical Competition: Illustrations from Dante, Rabelais, Cervantes, Goethe, Proust, Mann, and Joyce
Gerald Gillespie (Stanford University, USA)
2. "Clearer Awareness of the … Crisis": Erich Auerbach's Radical Relativism and the 'Rich Tensions' of the Historical Imperative
Geoffrey Green (San Francisco State University, USA)
3. Secularism and Post-Secularism
Wlad Godzich (University of California at Santa Cruz, USA)

II. Literature
4. Writing Community: Maurice Blanchot, Franz Rosenzweig, and Isaac Luria
Shawna Vesco (University of California at Santa Cruz, USA)
5. “So What if You Are Big?”: Divisive Identities and the Ethics of Pluralism in Medieval Indian Literatures of Devotion
Ipshita Chanda (Jadavpur University, India, and Georgetown University, USA)
6. Imaginary Others and Real Ethics: Reading and Alterity in J. M. Coetzee's Metafiction
Christopher Weinberger (San Francisco State University, USA)

III. Religion
7. Asmodeus, the “Eye of Providence,” and the Ethics of Seeing in 19th-Century Mystery Fiction
Sara Hackenberg (San Francisco State University, USA)
8. Modernism's Religious Rhetorics: Or, What Bothered Baudelaire
Hope Hodgkins (University of North Carolina, Greensboro, USA)
9. Poetry and Religion: Approaches to Christian Transcendence in Late 20th-Century Poets
Stephanie Heimgartner (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany)

IV. Ethics
10. Instituting the Other: Ethical Fault Lines in Readings and Pedagogies of Alterity
Dorothy Figueira (University of Georgia, USA)
11. Thinking God on the Basis of Ethics: Levinas, The Brothers Karamazov, and Dostoevsky's Anti-Semitism
Steven Shankman (University of Oregon, USA)
12. An Ethics for Missing Persons
Kitty Millet (San Francisco State University, USA)


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