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Description - The Poetics and Ethics of Attention in Contemporary British Narrative by Jean-Michel Ganteau

This is the first book of its kind to include academic research on attention considered as a literary category by laying the stress on the relational aspects of attention as opposed to its inward-looking function.

One of the salient characteristics of this monograph is that it relies on an interdisciplinary approach: even if its main prism is literary, it draws from psychology, psychoanalysis, phenomenology, analytical philosophy, ethics—among which the ethics of care and the ethics of vulnerability.

One of this book’s innovative points is that it considers the ethical and political edge of attention, drawing on the perception of invisibilities and visibilities, and showing how attention is a capacity to be trained and strengthened so as to achieve (epistemic) justice.

One of this book’s strengths is to offer a reading of attention’s narrative relevance in such fields as social invisibilities, climate change, AI and cognitive disability, issues that have captured the interest of the public over the last few years.

This book takes care of providing a poetics of attention as thematised in and performed by narratives. To do so, it relies on such traditional categories as point of view, voice, repetition, tropes and predominantly the metalepsis to show how, through intensification, repetition provides an experiential knowledge transferred to the reader.

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