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    Title: Who Is Sylvia or Who Are We?: Alternative Subjectivity in Albee's The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia?: Notes toward a Definition of Tragedy
    Other Titles: 「席微雅」,抑或,「我們」是誰?艾爾比《羊,或,誰是席微雅?悲劇定義的註腳》一劇中之另類主體性
    Authors: Huang, Joy Shihyi
    Contributors: 淡江大學英文學系
    Keywords: 愛德華.艾爾比;列維納斯;倫理;生態學;知識型;Edward Albee;Levinas;ethics;ecology;epistemology
    Date: 2011-12
    Issue Date: 2013-03-08 13:10:23 (UTC+8)
    Publisher: 新北市:淡江大學
    Abstract: This paper investigates the philosophical question of “who we are” evident in Edward Albee's work The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia?: Notes toward a Definition of Tragedy. Dramatizing a(n) (extramarital) “love affair” between a human being (Martin) and a goat (Sylvia), Albee's play, I argue, asks a more important question, beyond that of “who is Sylvia,” that is, “who are we.” Taking the self-other issue to the larger context of the human and the nonhuman, the paper examines the dialogism of Emmanuel Levinas's ethical theory and the play, and further argues that the absolute alterity of the Other forces the Self to face itself, or its own conscience. Hence the Self's decision regarding who the other is simultaneously determines the limits and orientation as to who himself/herself may be. Understood in this light, Albee's award-winning play poses in its depiction of a bestial affair fundamental question concerning the Self and its world as we progress into the 21st century.
    Relation: Tamkang Review=淡江評論 42(1), pp.127-145
    Appears in Collections:[Graduate Institute & Department of English] Journal Article

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