dc.contributor.author Kai-su Wu en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2020-09-03T06:36:22Z
dc.date.available 2020-09-03T06:36:22Z
dc.date.issued 2020-03-??
dc.description.abstract Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient (1992) has been celebrated for itsdramatic scenario tying together themes of espionage, nationalism andtraumatic love during the Second World War. Seeking to extend the novel’smost commonly explored topics regarding the problem of Western humanismand the characters’ troubled identities, this article offers an ethical examinationof it. It brings Ondaatje’s novel into a dialogue with Levinas’s response to thedead end of humanistic enterprise in the West, by critically drawing on the threewriters’ discussion of face, patience, and eros as conduits through which aremoval of ontological aggrandizement of the self is envisioned. Derrida’scriticism of Carl Schmitt, on the other hand, helps direct Levinas’s thread ofthought toward a more contextualized interrogation of the friend/enemydualism in wartime, during which the other is separated only to be assimilated.For Ondaatje, registering his characters’ affective mobility of identity in transitinvites readers to contemplate the long-held self-sustaining system in the West.Delving into the approaching death faced by Almásy and Katharine, Ondaatjeconsiders the act of mourning as a gesture marking a specific manner of bearingresponsibility—a form of responsibility for others that goes beyondexistentialist accounts of intersubjectivity. This consideration of the act ofmourning is shared by Levinas and Derrida, relating as it does to the ways inwhich they regard mourning as a reflection of time in patience and as an ethicalreaction to the aggressive practices of homogenization that results from theself’s one-way communication with the other. en_US
dc.identifier 27028419-1C52-5253-9B19-6437EFA1DBE5
dc.identifier.uri http://rportal.lib.ntnu.edu.tw:80/handle/20.500.12235/109767
dc.language 英文
dc.publisher 英語學系 zh_tw
dc.publisher Department of English, NTNU en_US
dc.relation 46(1),177-203
dc.relation.ispartof 同心圓:文學與文化研究 zh_tw
dc.subject.other ethics en_US
dc.subject.other face en_US
dc.subject.other otherness en_US
dc.subject.other love en_US
dc.subject.other war en_US
dc.subject.other enemy en_US
dc.subject.other patience en_US
dc.subject.other mourning en_US
dc.title.alternative Love, War, and the Other in Emmanuel Levinas,Jacques Derrida, and Michael Ondaatje: The EnglishPatient as the Dialogic Field zh_tw
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