HISTORY AND CRITICISM

“Alterity is not simply ‘out there’ in the past, but in ‘us’ as well, and the comprehensive problem in inquiry is how to understand and to negotiate varying degrees of proximity and distance in the relation to the ‘other’ that is both outside and inside ourselves.  Dwelling on the wonderful strangeness of the past may turn into a pretext for avoiding what unsettles one’s own protocols of inquiry and troubles the flow of narrative.”                                  Dominick LaCapra, History and Criticism

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