Abstract

ABSTRACT:

This article examines and complicates the friction between new materialism and ethics, reconfiguring ethics as anti-individualist and impersonal. Even as new materialism elucidates humanity's complicity and imbrication within particular ecological and political assemblages, it tacitly reinscribes individuated human subjects as the primary agents and ethical center of an immensely complex universe. Taking new materialism's critique of anthropocentrism seriously, I read Karen Barad's work alongside Juliana Spahr's poetry and Emmanuel Levinas's ethics in an effort to reconfigure ethics as a material response to the world that subjectivities co(in)habit, rather than a conscious or willed disposition toward the world and others.

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