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International Journal of Literary Culture / Internationale Zeitschrift für literarische Kultur

Ed. by Biti, Vladimir / Liska, Vivian

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Volume 38, Issue 2


History, Theory and the Middle Voice

Vladimir Biti
Published Online: 2008-02-27 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/arca.38.2.354


“Consciousness is always late for the rendezvous with the neighbor”, stated Emmanuel Levinas (1987: 119) pointing to the obliging “proximity” of the past that resists all attempts at objectifying historical reflection. Therefore, instead of trying to encapsulate it into unifying cognitive terms, the historian should strive to discern its voice disseminated out of an equivocal space irreducible to the firm site of her consciousness. Destitute of a proper foothold, territory or context, of a recognizable psychic, physical or cultural anchorage, the one who is proximate, in the way Levinas imagines it, is encountered neither visually nor conceptually, but as someone who approaches us (“makes an entry”) in the form of an interpellation, summons or command.

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Published Online: 2008-02-27

Published in Print: 2003-10-14

Citation Information: Arcadia – International Journal for Literary Studies, Volume 38, Issue 2, Pages 354–358, ISSN (Online) 1613-0642, ISSN (Print) 0003-7982, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/arca.38.2.354.

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