Abstract

"Beyond the Dialectic: Conrad, Levinas, and the Scene of Recognition" reads Conrad's Heart of Darkness through the ethical philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas. Focusing on two key scenes—Marlow's meetings with Kurtz and the Intended—the essay uses Levinas's work to highlight Conrad's attempts to move beyond the violence inherent in the Hegelian philosophical tradition, to a position of respect and responsibility for the other.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-658X
Print ISSN
0026-7724
Pages
pp. 140-159
Launched on MUSE
2008-03-24
Open Access
No
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