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Ethics, Literature & Theory: An Introductory Reader brings together the work of contemporary scholars, teachers, and writers into a lively discussion on the moral role of literature and the relationship between aesthetics, art, and ethics. Divided into four sections, with introductory matter and questions for discussion, this accessible anthology represents the most crucial work today exploring the interdisciplinary connections between literature, religion, and philosophy.
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Editorial Reviews

Kenneth Womack
While Wayne Booth is certainly correct in his assertion that 'ethical criticism can never be simple,' Ethics, Literature, and Theory: An Introductory Reader offers, hands down, the most lucid and comprehensive anthology to ethics and literary study in the humanities. Rigorous, illuminating, and endlessly thought-provoking, Ethics, Literature, and Theory affords us with a vital intellectual arena for pondering the ethical questions that impact not only the texts that we read, but our lives as well.
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While Wayne Booth is certainly correct in his assertion that 'ethical criticism can never be simple,' Ethics, Literature, and Theory: An Introductory Reader offers, hands down, the most lucid and comprehensive anthology to ethics and literary study in the humanities. Rigorous, illuminating, and endlessly thought-provoking, Ethics, Literature, and Theory affords us with a vital intellectual arena for pondering the ethical questions that impact not only the texts that we read, but our lives as well. Womack, Kenneth
Gerald Graff
Since the time of Plato, our culture has debated whether literature can fairly be judged by ethical standards or whether it is essentially beyond the realm of ethics. This unique collection, which brings together many eloquent voices on opposing sides of the question, offers a wonderful way to gain perspective on the great debate and to introduce it to students.
Patrick K. Dooley
A rapidly growing number of serious and attentive readers are finding rich rewards in exploring the overlap between philosophy and literature, particularly when they scrutinize the commentary that moral discourse and dramatic fiction can offer each other. Editor Stephen George has a keen and informed sense of the issues of overlap, cross-fertilization and mutual criticism between fiction and ethics and, as a result, his Ethics, Literature, and Theory covers the terrain masterfully. Helpful and persuasive essays represent the 'permeable membrane' view of moral philosophy and literature while George also sees to it that the agnostics of the literature and moral philosophy interface are heard from.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742532342
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen K. George is professor of English at Brigham Young University-Idaho.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
1 Premises on art and morality 3
2 The moral connections of literary texts 11
3 Why ethical criticism can never be simple 23
4 Ethical criticism : what it is and why it matters 37
5 Against ethical criticism 63
6 Who is responsible in ethical criticism? 79
7 The absence of the ethical : literary theory and ethical theory 99
8 Evaluative discourse : a new turn toward the ethical 107
9 The moral and the aesthetical : literary study and the social order 115
10 Reading for life 131
11 The "ancient quarrel" : literature and moral philosophy 139
12 Stories and morals 153
13 The absence of stories : filling the void in ethics 165
14 Literature and the Catholic perspective 173
15 Literature and Protestantism 181
16 Something to measure by : Quaker values in literature 189
17 Literary criticism and religious values 197
18 A writer's duty 213
19 The writer's moral sense 215
20 Imaginative writing and the Jewish experience 219
21 The problem of evil in fiction 225
22 Poetry, politics, and morality 231
23 Art and ethics? 239
24 What violence in literature must teach us 241
25 Ethics and literature 251
26 The case against Huck Finn 265
27 Why we still need Huckleberry Finn 273
28 Huckleberry Finn : an amazing, troubling book 279
29 The ethical dimensions of Richard Wright's Native son 289
30 Sethe's choice : Beloved and the ethics of reading 299
31 Steinbeck, Johnson, and the master/slave relationship 315
32 Censorship and the classroom 329
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