Maša Mrovlje's article 'Beyond Nussbaum’s Ethics of Reading: Camus, Arendt and the Political Significance of Narrative Imagination' has been accepted for publication by the journal The European Legacy.
The article contributes to current theoretical debates about the political significance of narrative imagination by drawing on Albert Camus’s and Hannah Arendt’s existentially-grounded aesthetic judging sensibility. It seeks to displace the prevalent tendency to probe literature for its moral-philosophical insights, and instead delves into the experiential reality of our engagement with literary works. It starts from Martha Nussbaum’s recognition of the literary ability to account for the fragility of human affairs, yet finds her reduction of narrative imagination to the role of furthering moral lessons wanting politically. Against this background, the article reclaims Camus’s and Arendt’s dialogical-representative judging orientation and its insight into the narrative ability to respond to the intersubjective character of political action. As such, their aesthetic sensibility reveals the potential political significance of literary imagination in its capacity to open a public space where thecontradictions of our situated existence can be confronted through politics between plural equals.