Of Levinas and Shakespeare
"To See Another Thus"
Sandor Goodhart Kent Lehnhof Moshe Gold
Purdue University Press
Scholars have used Levinas as a lens through which to view many authors and texts, fields of endeavor, and works of art. Yet no book-length work or dedicated volume has brought this thoughtful lens to bear in a sustained discussion of the works of Shakespeare. It should not surprise anyone that Levinas identified his own thinking as Shakespearean. "The play’s the thing" for both, or put differently, the observation of intersubjectivity is. What may surprise and indeed delight all learned readers is to consider what we might yet gain from considering each in light of the other.
Comprising leading scholars in philosophy and literature, Of Levinas and Shakespeare: "To See Another Thus" is the first book-length work to treat both great thinkers. Lear, Hamlet, and Macbeth dominate the discussion; however, essays also address Cymbeline, The Merchant of Venice, and even poetry, such as Venus and Adonis. Volume editors planned and contributors deliver a thorough treatment from multiple perspectives, yet none intends this volume to be the last word on the subject; rather, they would have it be a provocation to further discussion, an enticement for richer enjoyment, and an invitation for deeper contemplation of Levinas and Shakespeare.
Author BioMoshe Gold is an associate professor of English and director of the Rose Hill Writing Program at Fordham University. A coeditor of the Joyce Studies Annual, Gold has published on Joyce, Plato, Levinas, Derrida, and the Talmud. His work on the Polish director Kieslowski appears in Of Elephants and Toothaches: Ethics, Politics, and Religion in Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Decalogue.
Sandor Goodhart is a professor of English and Jewish Studies and director of the Religious Studies Program at Purdue University. He has published over one hundred essays and six books, including Sacrificing Commentary: Reading the End of Literature (1996), The Prophetic Law: Essays in Judaism, Girardianism, Literary Studies, and the Ethical (2014), and Möbian Nights: Reading Literature and Darkness (2017).
Kent Lehnhof is a professor of English at Chapman University. He studies early modern literature and culture and has published extensively on Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare, and Milton. Recent work has appeared in Renaissance Drama, Modern Philology, and Shakespeare Bulletin.