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Adam Zachary Newton

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823263516

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823263516.001.0001

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Ethics of Reading II

Ethics of Reading II

Bakhtin and the Novel

(p.161) Chapter 5 Ethics of Reading II
To Make the Hands Impure

Adam Zachary Newton

Fordham University Press

Chapter 5 examines the earliest major work of Mikhail Bakhtin, Toward a Philosophy of the Deed (1919) and an unfinished essay in aesthetic phenomenology, “Author and Hero in Aesthetic Activity” (1920–23), along with some of his very last writings from the 1970s, including “Toward a Methodology of the Human Sciences.” Bakhtinian themes like “answerability” and “outsideness” for an ethics of reading are teased out by revisiting the limit-cases of Darger and Pascal, with attention once again to the question of the corporeal for acts of reading.

Keywords:   Ethics, Reading, Corporeal, Answerability, Outsideness, Mikhail Bakhtin, Henry Darger, Blaise Pascal, Novel

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