Vigilant Memory Emmanuel Levinas the Holocaust and the

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Vigilant Memory Emmanuel Levinas the Holocaust and the Unjust Death Vigilant Memory focuses on the particular role of Emmanuel Levinas's thought in reasserting the ethical parameters for poststructuralist criticism in the aftermath of the Holocaust More than simply situating Levinas's ethics within the larger context of his philosophy R Clifton Spargo offers a new explanation of its significance in relation to historyIn critical readings of the limits and also the heretofore untapped possibilities of Levinasian ethics Spargo explores the impact of the Holocaust on Levinas's various figures of injustice while examining the place of mourning the bad conscience the victim and the strangerneighbor as they appear in Levinas's work Ultimately Spargo ranges beyond Levinas's explicit philosophical or implicit political positions to calculate the necessary function of the memory of injustice in our cultural and political discourses on the characteristics of a just societyIn this original and magisterial study Spargo uses Levinas's work to approach our understanding of the suffering and death of others and in doing so reintroduces an essential ethical element to the reading of literature culture and everyday life

  • Hardcover
  • 328 pages
  • Vigilant Memory Emmanuel Levinas the Holocaust and the Unjust Death
  • R. Clifton Spargo
  • English
  • 12 May 2016
  • 9780801883118

About the Author: R. Clifton Spargo

R Clifton Spargo is a Chicago based novelist and cultural critic who writes The HILO for Huffington Post An Arts Fellow at the Iowa Writer's Workshop and a graduate of the doctoral program in literature at Yale University he has published stories and essays in The Kenyon Review The Antioch Review Glimmer Train FICTION Raritan Commonweal the Chicago Tribune and elsewhere He created an