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By David Palumbo-Liu

The Deliverance of Others is a compelling reappraisal of the concept narrative literature can extend readers' empathy. What occurs if, amid the voluminous inflow of otherness facilitated via globalization, we proceed the culture of valorizing literature for bringing the lives of others to us, admitting them into our international and valuing the variation that they introduce into our lives? during this new ancient scenario, are we now not compelled to figure out how a lot otherness is suitable, instead of how a lot is over the top, disruptive, and disturbing?

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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