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Author Newton, Adam Zachary.
Title Narrative ethics / Adam Zachary Newton.
Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1995.

Subject Ethics in literature.
Fiction -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Philosophy, Modern -- 20th century.
Ethics, Modern -- 20th century.
Narration (Rhetoric)
American fiction -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc.
English literature -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc.
Description 1 online resource (xi, 335 pages)
Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-329) and index.
Contents Narrative as ethics -- Toward a narrative ethics -- We die in the last word: Conrad's Lord Jim and Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio -- Lessons of (for) the master: short fiction by Henry James -- Creating the uncreated features of his face: monstration in Crane, Melville, and Wright -- Telling others: secrecy and recognition in Dickens, Barnes, and Ishiguro.
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Summary The ethics of literature, formalists have insisted, resides in the moral quality of a character, a story, perhaps the relation between author and reader. But in the wake of deconstruction and various forms of criticism focusing on difference, the ethical question has been freshly engaged by literary studies, and to this approach Adam Newton brings a startling new thrust. His book makes a compelling case for understanding narrative as ethics. Assuming an intrinsic and necessary connection between the two, Newton explores the ethical consequences of telling stories and fictionalizing character, and the reciprocal claims binding teller, listener, witness, and reader in the process. He treats these relations as defining properties of prose fiction, of particular import in nineteenth- and twentieth-century texts.
Newton's fresh and nuanced readings cover a wide range of authors and periods, from Charles Dickens to Kazuo Ishiguro and Julian Barnes, from Herman Melville to Richard Wright, from Joseph Conrad and Henry James to Sherwood Anderson and Stephen Crane. An original work of theory as well as a deft critical performance, Narrative Ethics also stakes a claim for itself as moral inquiry. To that end, Newton braids together the ethical-philosophical projects of Emmanuel Levinas, Stanley Cavell, and Mikhail Bakhtin as a kind of chorus for his textual analyses - an elegant bridge between philosophy's ear and literary criticism's voice. His work will generate enormous interest among scholars and students of English and American literature, as well as specialists in narrative and literary theory, hermeneutics, and contemporary philosophy.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
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ISBN 9780674041462 (electronic bk.)
0674041461 (electronic bk.)
0674600878 (cloth ; acid-free paper)
0674600886 (pbk. ; acid-free paper)
9780674600881 (pbk. ; acid-free paper)
OCLC # 438824127
Additional Format Print version: Newton, Adam Zachary. Narrative ethics. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1995 0674600878 9780674600874 (DLC) 94019710 (OCoLC)30736830