Skirting the Ethical

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  • Copyright: 2007-11-26
  • Publisher: Stanford Univ Pr
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Skirting the Ethicaloffers highly original readings of six works, each noted for its politico-ethical stance. The first four (Sophocles'Antigone, Plato'sSymposiumandRepublicand Hamann's "Aesthetica in nuce") have a recognized and honored place in the canon. The last two, Sebald'sThe Emigrantsand Jane Campion's filmThe Piano, are exemplary for our contemporary scene. Nevertheless, the straightforward assumptions about justice, divine and state power, the good, and identity politics that every reader or viewer inevitably comes upon are disrupted when one takes into account the role of language: both the way in which language is talked about and the way in which it performs. What emerges is a non-prescriptive ethics of another order that offers a resistance to power and simplistic conceptualizations of truth, an emancipation from the "must-be" that implies an ever-to-be-renewed renegotiation--a responsability that has much to do with the act of critique or interpretation.

Author Biography

Carol Jacobs is Birgit Baldwin Professor of Comparative Literature and Chair of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Yale University. Her previous books include: The Dissimulating Harmony(1978), Uncontainable Romanticism (1989), Telling Time (1993), and In the Language of Walter Benjamin (1999).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Prologue: Skirting the Ethicalp. xv
Dusting Antigone: Sophocles' Antigonep. 1
Virtue Inside Out: Plato's Symposiump. 26
Subversions of the Political: Plato's Republicp. 45
Hamann Is a Nomadic Writer: "Aesthetica in nuce"p. 111
What Does It Mean to Count? W. G. Sebald's The Emigrantsp. 131
Playing Jane Campion's Piano: Politicallyp. 151
Notesp. 177
Indexp. 217
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