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Ethics, Literature, and Theory: An Introductory Reader

Ethics, Literature, and Theory: An Introductory Reader

by Wayne C. Booth
     
 

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This anthology addresses four aspects of ethics and literature: the relationship between art and morality; the relationship between the disciplines of philosophy, religion and literature; writers' responsibilities; and the consequences of racism and powerlessness in works by Mark Twain, Richard Wright, John Steinbeck, Toni Morrison, Charles Johnson and Alice Walker.

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This anthology addresses four aspects of ethics and literature: the relationship between art and morality; the relationship between the disciplines of philosophy, religion and literature; writers' responsibilities; and the consequences of racism and powerlessness in works by Mark Twain, Richard Wright, John Steinbeck, Toni Morrison, Charles Johnson and Alice Walker. The contributors, who are well known writers and scholars, debate all sides of the questions. George (English, Brigham Young U., Idaho) provides a brief introduction and discussion questions for each essay. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Editorial Reviews

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.
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.
From the Publisher
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742532335
Publisher:
The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
Publication date:
07/28/2005
Pages:
420
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.06(d)

Meet the Author

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

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