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