AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 6, Number1. February 2022 Pp.30-39
In the Ethics of Strangers: Saul Bellow Drawing Boundaries of No ‘M’an’s Land
Department of English, Faculty of Letters, Arts and Humanities
University of Manouba, Tunisia
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Rimeh Saleh Alyahya
Department of English
Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University, Saudi Arabia
Received: 10/20/2021 Accepted: 2/6/2022 Published: 2/24/2022
This paper seeks to demonstrate how space in Saul Bellow’s Ravelstein (2000) and Humboldt’s Gift (1975) is acquainted with the metaphors memory, spiritual journeys and philosophical meditations. Space, in the Bellovian sense, is not local nor is it historical (real); rather, it is fictional, utopian and philosophical. By the “the Boundaries of no ‘M’an’s Land,” the researcher underpins the sublime ideals of Bellow’s mental space. By the term “strangers,” the researcher refers to Bellow’s intellectual heroes who are identified with the metaphors of space. In this concern, two fundamental questions are investigated: a) how should one argue for the idea that metaphors of space are related to memory, spiritual journeys and philosophical meditations? b) what sense can be given to the relationship between the metaphors of space and the ethics of strangers? To unmask these blind spots, the aspects of metaphors are firstly investigated. Second, the relationship between these metaphors and the ethics of strangers are examined. In the light of these primary findings, the conclusion which can be drawn is that the metaphors of space do not only epitomize the quality of American, cultural, aesthetic and philosophical discourse, but also draw imaginary homelands of “strange” intellectuals. Special focus will be given to Ravelstein and Humboldt’s Gift. Bellow’s other novels and short stories are deployed to support the thesis. The Kantian notions of human welfare and moral worth and the Hegelian assumptions of the phenomenology of spirit are key concepts to illustrate the analysis.
Keywords: Boundaries, Humboldt’s Gift, Hegel’s phenomenology of spirit, Kant’s Moral Theory, No ‘M’an’s Land, Ravelstein, space, strangers, Saul Bellow
Cite as: Marrouchi, R., & Alyahya, R. S. (2022). In the Ethics of Strangers: Saul Bellow Drawing Boundaries of No ‘M’an’s Land . Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies 6(1) 30-39.
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