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The deliverance of others : reading literature in a global age

Author: David Palumbo-Liu
Publisher: Durham ; London : Duke University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Deliverance of Others is a compelling reappraisal of the idea that narrative literature can expand readers' empathy. What happens if, amid the voluminous influx of otherness facilitated by globalization, we continue the tradition of valorizing literature for bringing the lives of others to us, admitting them into our world and valuing the difference that they introduce into our lives? In this new historical
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Palumbo-Liu
ISBN: 9780822352501 0822352508 9780822352693 0822352699
OCLC Number: 769429994
Description: xiv, 226 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: When otherness overcomes reason --
Whose story is it? --
Art : a foreign exchange --
Pacific Ocean feeling : affect, otherness, mediation.
Responsibility: David Palumbo-Liu.

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The distinguished literary critic David Palumbo-Liu posits reading literature as an ethical act, a way of thinking through our relations to others in the age of globalization.  Read more...

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"In an era when discussions of the role of the humanities are invariably accompanied by a sense of crisis, The Deliverance of Others is a timely reminder and bold defense of the value of literature, Read more...

 
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