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Author DeFalco, Amelia, 1978- author.

Title Imagining care : responsibility, dependency, and Canadian literature / Amelia DeFalco
Published Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2016]


Description 1 online resource (x, 217 pages)
Contents "Embedded and embodied: caregiving, life writing and the myth of the autonomous individual -- Moral obligation, disordered care: the ethics of caregiving in Margaret Atwood's Moral disorder -- Caring for relative others: alterity and narrative in Michael Ignatieff's Scar tissue -- "Parodies of love": demands of care in Alice Munro -- Caregiving and caretaking: affective economies in Alice Munro -- Forgetting and the forgotten: care at the margins in David Chariandy's Soucouyant
Summary "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."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-210) and index
Notes Print version record
SUBJECT Kaṇada. gnd
Subject English literature -- Canada -- 21st century -- History and criticism
Dependency (Psychology) in literature.
Responsibility in literature.
Canadian literature -- 21st century -- History and criticism
LITERARY CRITICISM -- American -- General.
Canadian literature
English literature
Dependency (Psychology) in literature
Responsibility in literature
Littérature canadienne de langue anglaise -- 21e siècle -- Histoire et critique.
Dépendance (psychologie) -- Dans la littérature.
Responsabilité -- Dans la littérature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781442637047