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The Ontology of Fracture

John E. Drabinski

in Levinas and the Postcolonial

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780748641031
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652617 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641031.003.0003
The Ontology of Fracture

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This chapter considers how Homi Bhabha's reflections on interstitial space and the problem of nation, narration, and counter-narration provide important occasions for thinking about the problem of originary fracture. It explains that the force of difference in the hybrid and hybridising identity of Bhabha's subject fundamentally alters, yet remains engaged with, the fragile force of ethical life, and that he showed how the urgency of the postcolonial situation pushed matters of collectivity and migration to the fore. The chapter argues that Emmanuel Levinas's most important innovation in Otherwise Than Being never quite comes to terms with mixed identities, even as subjectivity is understood, as it crosses from the ethical to the worldliness of politics.

Keywords: Homi Bhabha; interstitial space; originary fracture; hybridising identity; ethical life; postcolonial situation; collectivity; Emmanuel Levinas; Otherwise Than Being; subjectivity

Chapter.  16713 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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