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Ethical Issues in Twentieth-Century French Fiction

Killing the Other


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Colin Davis
    Pages 1-11
  3. Colin Davis
    Pages 12-30
  4. Colin Davis
    Pages 64-85
  5. Colin Davis
    Pages 131-151
  6. Colin Davis
    Pages 152-188
  7. Colin Davis
    Pages 189-195
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 196-228

About this book


This book examines ethical problems raised by a number of key twentieth-century theoretical and fictional texts by authors such as Levinas, Sartre, Beauvoir, Yourcenar, Duras and Genet. It argues that even texts which apparently espouse ethical positions based on respect for and responsibility towards others, frequently depict conflict as an insurmountable aspect of human relations. This is reflected at an aesthetic level, as these texts both describe the struggle for supremacy and replicate it in their relation to their readers.


ethics fiction Kant Levinas

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Lady Margaret HallOxfordUK

About the authors

Colin Davis is Reader in French Literature at Oxford University, and Fellow and Tutor in French at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.

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