By David Palumbo-Liu
The influential literary critic David Palumbo-Liu means that we will arrive at a feeling of accountability towards others by way of reconsidering the discourses of sameness that carry these not like ourselves to us. via virtuoso readings of novels by means of J. M. Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Ruth Ozeki, he exhibits how notions that will appear to provide a few foundation for commensurability among ourselves and others—ideas of rationality, the family members, the physique, and affect—become much less sturdy as they fight to deal with extra radical kinds of otherness. For Palumbo-Liu, the interpreting of literature is a moral act, a manner of considering via our relationships to others.
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