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Tete-a-tete, Face-a-face: Brodsky, Levinas, and the Ethics of Poetry
Two decades have passed since Joseph Brodsky used his Nobel address to advance the idea that "aesthetics is the mother of ethics." Yet despite the increasing prominence of ethics in literary studies during this time, very little has been written to elucidate his claim. One thing the "turn to ethics" in literary studies has produced is a rise in popularity of Emmanuel Levinas among critics. The invocation of Levinasian responsibility, with its refusal to entertain a practical or normativedoi:10.1215/03335372-2008-008 fatcat:hzmtgvt2szatperp5hbxg7p4ca