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The Other Presences: Reading Literature Other-Wise after the Transnational Turn in American Studies
by Florian Tatschner
Dartmouth College Press, 2019
Paper: 978-1-5126-0357-6 | eISBN: 978-1-5126-0358-3 | Cloth: 978-1-5126-0348-4
Library of Congress Classification PS228.O85T38 2019
Dewey Decimal Classification 810.9005

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Florian Tatschner examines an alternative mode of reading fictional texts in the context of North American literature through “reading other-wise”: a mode of reading that regards the other in narratives not merely as a discursive construct of alterity, but as a presencing of otherness that resists discursive fixity. Waldenfels’s phenomenology constitutes the foundational approach of this work, and Lyotard’s poststructuralist philosophy of language, with its distinction between discursivity and figurality, offers a suitable framework for negotiating the relation between otherness and alterity. Drawing on the increasingly significant term “presence” in connection with phenomenon of otherness, Tatschner attempts to close a scholarly gap in the discourse on aesthetics regarding cultural difference as well as the relation between presence and aesthetics in American studies.
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