Mapping The Ethical Turn(P)

Mapping The Ethical Turn(P)

by Todd F. Davis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813920566

ISBN-13: 9780813920566

Pub. Date: 11/01/2001

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

Divided into four descriptive sections—"Theory and the Ethics of Literary Text," "Confronting the Difficult: The Ethics of Race and Power," "Making Darkness Visible: The Ethical Implications of Narrative as Witness," and "Ways of Seeing: The Diversity of Applied Ethical Criticism"—this unprecedented collection of essays traces the interpretive

Overview

Divided into four descriptive sections—"Theory and the Ethics of Literary Text," "Confronting the Difficult: The Ethics of Race and Power," "Making Darkness Visible: The Ethical Implications of Narrative as Witness," and "Ways of Seeing: The Diversity of Applied Ethical Criticism"—this unprecedented collection of essays traces the interpretive, pedagogic, and theoretical concerns inherent in the study of literature, ethics, and modes of criticism. Wayne C. Booth's "Why Ethical Criticism Can Never Be Simple," J. Hillis Miller's "How to Be 'in Tune with the Right' in The Golden Bowl," Susan Gubar's "Poets of Testimony," and Martha C. Nussbaum's "Exactly and Responsibly: A Defense of Ethical Criticism" are among the fifteen essays included. Bringing together ethical criticism's most important theorists, Mapping the Ethical Turn is a cohesive introduction to a reading paradigm that continues to influence the ways in which we think and feel about the stories that mark our lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813920566
Publisher:
University of Virginia Press
Publication date:
11/01/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface: Reading Literature and the Ethics of Criticismix
I.Theory and the Ethics of Literary Study
A Humanistic Ethics of Reading3
Why Ethical Criticism Can Never Be Simple16
Lyrical Ethics and Literary Experience30
Exactly and Responsibly: A Defense of Ethical Criticism59
II.Confronting the Difficult: the Ethics of Race and Power
Who Has the Right to Feel? The Ethics of Literary Empathy83
Sethe's Choice: Beloved and the Ethics of Reading93
Moral Repair and Its Limits110
III.Making Darkness Visible: the Ethical Implications of Narrative as Witness
Ethics before Politics: J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace131
The List Is Life: Schindler's List as Ethical Construct151
Poets of Testimony: C. K. Williams and Jacqueline Osherow as Proxy Witnesses of the Shoah165
IV.Ways of Seeing: the Diversity of Applied Ethical Criticism
Forget the Phallic Symbolism, Consider the Snake: Biocentrism and Language in Margaret Atwood's "Snake Poems"195
Making, Taking, and Faking Lives: Ethical Problems in Collaborative Life Writing209
The Scandal of Human Countenance: Witold Gombrowicz and Bruno Schulz in Exile from the Country of Forms227
Henry James, Moral Philosophers, Moralism252
How to Be "in Tune with the Right" in The Golden Bowl271
Notes on Contributors287
Index291

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