"In recent years, scholars have increasingly put the works of William Shakespeare (1564-1623) in dialogue with the ethical philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas (1905-1995)... The majority of these Shakespearean references are to Hamlet and Macbeth, but contemporary critics working in the vein of Levinas have tended to favor King Lear. No Shakespearean play has been subjected to Levinasian analysis more fully or more frequently.5 This critical proclivity is not unwarranted, for Shakespeare's tragic play and Levinas's ethical writings tell the same basic story: that of the egoist who heedlessly pursues his own interests until he is until he is caught short and called into question by traumatizing encounters with others."
Lehnhof, Kent R. "Sweet Fooling: Ethical Humor in King Lear and Levinas." Shakespeare Quarterly, Feb. 2022. https://doi.org/10.1093/sq/quac001
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