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Transhistorical empathy and the Chaucerian face
Louise D’Arcens

empathic affiliation with him. It should not be surprising that the author’s face would be a locus of intersubjective affinity for those who claim to have a transhistorical empathic encounter with him. Many who work on the intersubjective experience of encountering the face cite Emmanuel Levinas’s quasi-theological account in Totality and Infinity of the ethical demand made by the face of the Other and its ineluctable alterity, which compels a response that transcends Chaucer as Catholic Transhistorical empathy childand Chaucer’s face 207 one’s own subjectivity.19 But

in Contemporary Chaucer across the centuries