Genre and Ethics: The Education of an Eighteenth-Century Critic

Genre and Ethics: The Education of an Eighteenth-Century Critic

by Jules Valles
     
 

"This book combines a literary critical version of genre with a pedagogical conception of ethics. It is comprised of eight chapters covering literature from the Renaissance to the present with an emphasis on the Restoration and the eighteenth century." The study addresses the following kinds of questions: Why does genre need ethics? Why does ethics need genre? How is… See more details below

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"This book combines a literary critical version of genre with a pedagogical conception of ethics. It is comprised of eight chapters covering literature from the Renaissance to the present with an emphasis on the Restoration and the eighteenth century." The study addresses the following kinds of questions: Why does genre need ethics? Why does ethics need genre? How is ethics related to and distinguished from ideology as currently used in cultural studies? How does a generic ethical method come to terms with history and historical change? How is a generic ethical method related to religion? Does genre reinforce the concept of the ethical agent? This book will therefore have a broad audience, including scholars whose fields range from the Renaissance to the present, theorists and philosophers whose interests include ethics, cultural studies, and ideologies, and educationists pursuing methods for graduates and undergraduates. The autobiographical introduction serves as the "hook," as our creative writers say, for this audience. Generically, it is experimental, being at once scholarly, pedagogical, and autobiographical.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874137675
Publisher:
University of Delaware Press
Publication date:
03/01/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface9
An Autobiographical Introduction: Why Genre and Ethics?17
1How Genre Criticism Leads to Ethics49
2Textual Ideology in Aphra Behn's Oroonoko70
3Critical Ideology in The Beaux' and Belle's Stratagem97
4Critical Judgment in MacFlecknoe117
5Ethical Agency in "The Double Mistress"137
6History, Genre, and Ethics in The Life of Richard Savage162
7Genre and Teleology: The Faith of Criticism188
8Literary History: the Pastoral Elegy from "Lycidas" to the Present221
Pedagogical Postscript249
Notes265
Bibliography270
Index276

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