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    Language, Soil and "Jewish" Alienation in Levinas and Adorno

    Chapman, Edmund (2023) Language, Soil and "Jewish" Alienation in Levinas and Adorno. Diacritics, 51 (1). pp. 1-33.

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    Emmanuel Levinas and Theodor Adorno are both post-Shoah philosophers who experienced refugeedom. In different contexts, both discuss the question of a linkage between language and soil, and ultimately show that the distinction between the native and the foreign is untenable. I suggest that Levinas’s evocation of linguistic soil illustrates his understanding of Jewishness as defined by a ceding of ground, thus showing that Levinas’s thought relies on a conception of ground in order to then reject it. Adorno, in evoking a “language without soil,” argues for a conception of language that rejects organicism, seeing both loanwords and Jews as examples of difference without foreignness.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Language; Soil; Jewish; Alienation; Levinas; Adorno;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of English, Media & Theatre Studies > English
    Item ID: 18360
    Depositing User: Mr Edmund Chapman
    Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2024 08:49
    Journal or Publication Title: Diacritics
    Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
    Refereed: Yes
    Funders: Irish Research Council
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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