Journal Article

‘Equanimity’: Les Murray, Lévinas and the Breath of God

Ian Cooper

in Literature and Theology

Volume 23, issue 2, pages 192-206
Published in print June 2009 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online April 2009 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/frp019
‘Equanimity’: Les Murray, Lévinas and the Breath of God

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This article provides a close reading of Les Murray's poem ‘Equanimity’ in the context of Emmanuel Lévinas’ ethical thought. It argues that Murray's poem can be located in relation to Paul Celan's concept of the ‘turn of breath’, a hermeneutics of voice and address that points to Lévinas' understanding of the face of the other. ‘Equanimity’ both works out a conception of encounter with the other that has strong parallels in Lévinas (particularly concerning the themes of speaking and seeing), and seeks to move beyond an ethics based in difference by incorporating speech and vision into a theology of grace.

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Subjects: Literature ; Religion and Art, Literature, and Music

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