Postmodernity, Ethics and the Novel: From Leavis to Levinas by Andrew Gibson

By Andrew Gibson

In Postmodernity, Ethics and the Novel Andrew Gibson units out to illustrate that postmodern conception has truly made attainable a moral discourse round fiction.
each one bankruptcy elaborates and discusses a selected element of Levinas' idea and increases questions for that proposal and its touching on the radical. It additionally includes targeted analyses of specific texts. a part of the book's originality is its focus on a number of modernist and postmodern novels that have seldom if ever served because the foundation for a bigger moral concept of fiction.
Postmodernity, Ethics and the Novel discusses between others the writings of Joseph Conrad, Henry James, Jane Austen, Samuel Beckett, Marcel Proust and Salman Rushdie.

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See my Towards a Postmodern Theory of Narrative (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1996), pp. 192–93. 24. A similar point might be made about a study which considers the relationship between philosophy and narrative in a rather different way, Jonathan Rée’s Philosophical Tales: An Essay on Philosophy and Literature (London: Methuen, 1987). 25. Geoffrey Galt Harpham points out in particular how far Nussbaum and MacIntyre’s Aristoteleanism leads them to see narrative unity as providing the key to self-knowledge and the good.

13. Richard Rorty, Contingency, Irony and Solidarity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989), hereafter CIS; pp. 107–8. 14. Rorty, ‘Heidegger, Kundera and Dickens’, in Essays on Heidegger and Others: Philosophical Papers Volume 2 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991), pp. 66–84, p. 74. 19 INTRODUCTION 15. Martha Nussbaum, Love’s Knowledge: Essays on Philosophy and Literature (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990), hereafter LK; p. 5. 16. Nussbaum, The Fragility of Goodness: Luck and Ethics in Greek Tragedy and Philosophy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986), hereafter FG; p.

Mooij, the reversion is rather from ‘aestheticism’ to the kind of moral concern exemplified in Ian Gregor and Brian Nicholas’s The Moral and the Story (1962). J. ), Literature and Ethics (Oslo: University of Oslo, 1992), pp. 99–114. 9. Wayne C. Booth, The Company We Keep: An Ethics of Fiction (Berkeley and London: University of California Press, 1988), hereafter CK; p. 25. 10. David Parker, Ethics, Theory and the Novel (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994), hereafter ETN; p. 29. 11. Seyla Benhabib, Situating the Self: Gender, Community and Postmodernism in Contemporary Ethics (Oxford: Polity, 1992), hereafter SiS; p.

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