Reading Unruly: Interpretation and Its Ethical Demands (Symploke Studies in Contemporary Theory)

Reading Unruly: Interpretation and Its Ethical Demands (Symploke Studies in Contemporary Theory)


Drawing on literary thought and canonical French literature, Reading Unruly examines unruliness as either a classy classification and a method of studying conceived as moral reaction. Zahi Zalloua argues that after confronted with an unruly murals, readers confront a moral double bind, hesitating then among the 2 conflicting injunctions of both thematizing (making experience) of the literary paintings, or getting to its aesthetic alterity or unreadability.

Creatively hesitating among incommensurable calls for (to interpret yet to not translate again into common terms), moral readers are invited to domesticate an appreciation for the unruly, to scale back the need for hermeneutic mastery with no concurrently renouncing which means or the interpretive activity as such. studying French texts from Montaigne’s sixteenth-century Essays to Diderot’s fictional discussion Rameau’s Nephew and Baudelaire’s prose poems The Spleen of Paris, to the more moderen works of Jean-Paul Sartre’s Nausea, Alain Robbe-Grillet’s Jealousy, and Marguerite Duras’s The Ravishing of Lol Stein, Reading Unruly demonstrates that during such an method of literature and thought, studying itself turns into a wish for extra, a moral and aesthetic wish to delay instead of to arrest the act of interpretation.

 

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