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comparative literature, empathy, memory, prosthetic memory
In this episode, Harper talks with Daimys Garcia about when and where empathy fails as a means of disrupting genocide and other oppressions as it is invoked in and by literature. Through a critique of Alison Landsberg's concept of prosthetic memory and an invocation of Jorge Semprún's Literature or Life, Garcia considers the ways in which the notion of empathy can center the self even as it attempts to understand and see the other.
Sherwood-Reid, Harper and Garcia, Daimys E., "Episode 12: The Limits of Literary Empathy" (2020). Broadcasting World Literature. 29.