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Otherness

A Multilateral Perspective

Susan Yi Sencindiver, Maria Beville and Marie Lauritzen

In recent decades, theoretical and critical studies have oscillated between, on the one hand, wrestling otherness from a condition in which it is dependent on and defined relative to the notion of the same and, on the other hand, pursuing an approach to sameness and universality uncontaminated by otherness. Yet these concepts continuously prove mutually dependent. Together, they constitute a dynamic and productive tension which this book addresses. Inquiring into the representations and nature of self-other relationships in art, literature and culture, the chapters are written in and to a contemporary world struggling with the critical question of otherness and its present-day status. Given the complexity and multidimensional nature of otherness, a multilateral focus is called for and so this collection of selected essays brings together a range of scholarly disciplines and inquiries to engage in a multilateral discussion of otherness.

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otes on Contributors and Editors 11 INTRODUCTION 17 Susan Yi Sencindiver, Marie Lauritzen and Maria Beville PART I SELF AD OTHER: IDELIBLY DIVIDED, IRREVOCABLY UITED 1. SAME, SAME BUT OTHER: OVER-SAMENESS AS SEXUAL OTHERNESS 45 Olu Jenzen 2. PREGNANT DOPPELGÄNGERS: LIVED AND LITERARY 61 Susan Yi Sencindiver 3. ALTERITY AND TRANSCENDENCE: FROM DEDALUS THE DUB TO HAMLET THE DANE 89 Steven Bond PART II HOSTIG OR OUSTIG THE OTHER 4. HOW CAN WE MEET THE OTHER? 107 Luce Irigaray 5. IN PURSUIT OF ALTERITY: THE LABYRINTH IN LITERATURE AS OTHER SPACE 121 Maria Beville 10 6. NON-HUMAN OTHERNESS: ANIMALS AS OTHERS AND DEVICES FOR OTHERING 137 Sune Borkfelt 7. SECRETS, BETRAYALS AND INEXPRESSABLE OTHERNESS: ART AS PROBLEM-SOLVER? 155 Ann McCulloch 8. DIFFERENCE, OTHERNESS AND SPEEDS OF BECOMING IN TRANSCULTURAL AND MIGRATION LITERATURE AND THEORY 183 Sten Pultz Moslund PART III SOCIOCULTURAL ASPECTS OF OTHERESS: GLOCAL, TRACULTURAL AD SPECTRAL MOBILE SELVES 9. HOW TO NARRATE THE OTHER 201 Svend Erik Larsen 10. RE-FUSING BROKEN RECORDS: CARIBBEAN CREOLISATION REVISITED 221 Maeve Tynan 11. LIVING IN AN OVERHEATED WORLD: OTHERNESS AS A UNIVERSAL CONDITION 239 Thomas Hylland Eriksen 12. MOBILE TECHNOLOGY AND THE ACTUVIRTUAL / ARTIFACTUAL SUBJECT 261 Eugene O Brien

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