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Company We Keep : an Ethics of Fiction (90 Edition)

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In The Company We Keep, Wayne C. Booth argues for the relocation of ethics to the center of our engagement with literature.

But the questions he asks are not confined to morality. Returning ethics to its root sense, Booth proposes that the ethical critic will be interested in any effect on the ethos, the total character or quality of tellers and listeners. Ethical criticism will risk talking about the quality of this particular encounter with this particular work. Yet it will give up the old hope for definitive judgments of "good" work and "bad." Rather it will be a conversation about many kinds of personal and social goods that fictions can serve or destroy. While not ignoring the consequences for conduct of engaging with powerful stories, it will attend to that more immediate topic, What happens to us as we read? Who am I, during the hours of reading or listening? What is the quality of the life I lead in the company of these would-be friends?

Through a wide variety of periods and genres and scores of particular works, Booth pursues various metaphors for such engagements: "friendship with books," "the exchange of gifts," "the colonizing of worlds," "the constitution of commonwealths." He concludes with extended explorations of the ethical powers and potential dangers of works by Rabelais, D. H. Lawrence, Jane Austen, and Mark Twain.

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Wayne C. Booth argues for the relocation of ethics to the center of our engagement with literature. "What he has succeeded in doing . . . is to establish that ethical values must enter into our experience of literature".--Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times Book Review.

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"Bibliography of ethical criticism": p. 505-534. Includes bibliographies and indexes.

About the Author

Wayne C. Booth (1921-2005) was George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor of English at the University of Chicago.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520062108
Author:
Booth, Wayne C.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Ethics
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Business Ethics
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Semiotics & Theory
Subject:
Literary ethics.
Subject:
Literatura
Subject:
Criticism -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Subject:
Theory
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
65
Publication Date:
19891231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
580
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.5 in 26 oz

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