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Broken TabletsLevinas, Derrida, and the Literary Afterlife of Religion$
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Sarah Hammerschlag

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231170598

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231170598.001.0001

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Levinas, Literature, and the Ruin of the World

Levinas, Literature, and the Ruin of the World

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(p.37) 2 Levinas, Literature, and the Ruin of the World
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Broken Tablets
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Sarah Hammerschlag

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231170598.003.0002

Provides historical contextualization by considering debates over the status of religion and literature in postwar France. Also situates Levinas's position on literature here in relation to contemporary debates on literature between Sartre, Jean Wahl, Maurice Blanchot, and Georges Bataille and considers his wartime writings about literature as well as his own literary attempts. Finally considers Levinas's relation to postwar Catholicism, particularly to Emmanuel Mounier and Gabriel Marcel.

Keywords:   Levinas, Sartre, Jean Wahl, Maurice Blanchot, Georges Bataille

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