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Ethics and Narrative in the English Novel, 1880–1914

Ethics and Narrative in the English Novel, 1880–1914

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  • Date Published: February 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521792820

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About the Authors
  • Drawing on interdisciplinary work in the field of ethics by a diverse range of thinkers, including Martha Nussbaum, Richard Rorty, Emmanuel Levinas and Paul Ricoeur, Jil Larson offers new readings of late-Victorian and turn-of-the-century British fiction. Focusing on novels by Thomas Hardy, Sarah Grand, Olive Schreiner, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, and Joseph Conrad, Larson explores the conjunction of ethics and fin-de-siècle history and culture through a consideration of what narratives from this period tell us about emotion, reason, and gender, aestheticism, and such speech acts as promising and lying.

    • Contributes to the interdisciplinary field of ethics
    • Offers a new approach to the narrative of the novel
    • May be of additional interest to philosophers
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...Larson's book is a challenging reevaluation of ethical criticism and Victorian novels." Religious Studies Review

    "Larson's book proves to be a solid study of ethics and narrative...The Afterword is valuable for its succinct recapitulation of the study's premises and conclusions. The volume concludes with twenty-two pages of notes, a solid bibliography, and a short index." English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920

    "Jil Larson offers an intriguing new volume...Larson's ethical readings succeed admirably in terms of ethical criticism's interpretive potential for both camps." George Eliot-George Henry Lewes Studies

    "This is a valuable moment in a study by a critic with a rare combination of knowledge of recent moral philosophy, ethical criticism, and criticism of late-nineteenth-century British novelists." Victorian Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2001
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521792820
    • length: 188 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Ethics and the turn to narrative
    2. Victorian history and ethics: anxiety at the fin-de-siecle
    3. Emotion, gender, and ethics in fiction by Thomas Hardy, and the New Women Writers
    4. When hope unblooms: chance and moral luck in A Laodicean, The Mayor of Casterbridge, and Tess
    5. Oscar Wilde and Henry James: aestheticizing ethics
    6. Promises, lies and ethical agency in Joseph Conrad's Under Western Eyes

  • Author

    Jil Larson, Western Michigan University

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