Imagining Care: Responsibility, Dependency, and Canadian Literature
By: Amelia DeFalco (author)Hardback
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Imagining Care brings literature and philosophy into dialogue by examining caregiving in literature by contemporary Canadian writers alongside ethics of care philosophy. Through close readings of fiction and memoirs by Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, Michael Ignatieff, Ian Brown, and David Chariandy, Amelia DeFalco argues that these narratives expose the tangled particularities of relations of care, dependency, and responsibility, as well as issues of marginalisation on the basis of gender, race, and class. DeFalco complicates the myth of Canada as an unwaveringly caring nation that is characterized by equality and compassion. Caregiving is unpredictable: one person's altruism can be another's narcissism; one's compassion, another's condescension or even cruelty. In a country that conceives of itself as a caring society, these texts depict in stark terms the ethical dilemmas that arise from our attempts to respond to the needs of others.
Amelia DeFalco is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University and the author of Uncanny Subjects: Aging in Contemporary Narrative. In 2009 she received the Polanyi Prize for literature from the Government of Ontario.
Introduction: Literature, Care, and Canada Chapter 1. Embedded and Embodied: Caregiving, Life Writing and the Myth of the Autonomous Individual Chapter 2. Moral Obligation, Disordered Care: The Ethics of Caregiving in Margaret Atwood's Moral Disorder Chapter 3. Caring for Relative Others: Alterity and Narrative in Michael Ignatieff's Scar Tissue Chapter 4. "Parodies of Love": Demands of Care in Alice Munro Chapter 5. Caregiving and Caretaking: Affective Economies in Alice Munro Chapter 6. Forgetting and the Forgotten: Care at the Margins in David Chariandy's Soucouyant Conclusion: Imagining The Future of Care
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