Destruction, narrative and the excess of uniqueness: reading Cavarero on violence and narration

Timothy Huzar

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Abstract

In this article, I critically engage Adriana Cavarero’s account of uniqueness via an analysis of her work on narrativity and violence. I suggest there is an ambivalence in Cavarero’s account of uniqueness: Cavarero argues both that uniqueness is susceptible to destruction, and that it cannot finally be annihilated. To make this clear I use Cavarero’s account to read a narrative offered by Miklós Nyiszli, of a woman who survived an Auschwitz gas chamber. I contrast this to Cavarero’s reading of Eurydice and Orpheus, arguing that the ambivalence in Cavarero’s account can be resolved by thinking an excess proper to uniqueness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-172
JournalCritical Horizons
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Mar 2018

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