Category: Literature

Interpretation and Interruption: Reading and Identity Formation in Levinas and Nancy

Below is an excerpt from an article about how Chang-Rae Lee's first two novels help us examine the differences between theories of identity construction advanced by philosophers Jean-Luc Nancy and Emmanuel Levinas. This paper seeks to mediate the differences between Levinas and Nancy with a reading of Chang-rae Lee's first two novels, 1995's Native Speaker … Continue reading Interpretation and Interruption: Reading and Identity Formation in Levinas and Nancy

Interior Space Invaders: Disruptive Neighbors and the Relational Self in Updike’s Rabbit Redux

Contrary to the solipsism emphasized in most discussions of John Updike's Rabbit tetralogy, this article examines the tenuous and improper community Harry Angstrom forms when he invites two members of enemy groups to stay in his house. Drawing from Kierkegaard's “neighbor-love” and Levinas's phenomenological ethics, I argue that the presence of others shatters Harry's selfhood, … Continue reading Interior Space Invaders: Disruptive Neighbors and the Relational Self in Updike’s Rabbit Redux