Oxford University Press (1987)
|Abstract||Why do Americans, and so often, American writers, profess moral sentiments and yet write so little in the traditionally "moralistic" genres of maxim and fable? What is the relation between "moral" concerns and literary theory? Can any sort of morality survive the supposed nihilism of deconstruction? Jefferson Humphries undertakes a discussion of questions like these through a comparative reading of the ways in which moral issues surface in French and American literature. Humphries takes issue with the "amoral" view of deconstruction espoused by many of its detractors, arguing that the debate between the theory's advocates and opponents comes down to two opposing literary and moral traditions. While the American tradition views morality as a rigid system capable of being enforced by injunctions along the lines of "Thou shalt" and "Thou shalt not," the French tradition conceives of morality as a function of a relentless and unsentimental pursuit of truth, and finally, an admission that "truth" is not a static thing, but rather an ongoing process of rigorous thought.|
|Keywords||French literature History and criticism Ethics in literature Literature and morals Didactic literature History and criticism Aphorisms and apothegms History and criticism American literature History and criticism Literature, Comparative French and American Literature, Comparative American and French|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Buy the book||$2.07 used (97% off) $6.50 new (90% off) $54.00 direct from Amazon (10% off) Amazon page|
|Call number||PQ145.1.E83.H86 1987|
|Through your library||Configure|
Similar books and articles
Ian W. Alexander (1985). French Literature and the Philosophy of Consciousness: Phenomenological Essays. St. Martin's Press.
George Boas (1933/1966). The Happy Beast in French Thought of the Seventeenth Century. New York, Octagon Books.
Stanley M. Vogel (1955/1970). German Literary Influences on the American Transcendentalists. [Hamden, Conn.]Archon Books.
Jenny Chamarette & Jennifer Higgins (eds.) (2010). Guilt and Shame: Essays in French Literature, Thought and Visual Culture. Peter Lang.
L. A. C. Dobrez (1986). The Existential and its Exits: Literary and Philosophical Perspectives on the Works of Beckett, Ionesco, Genet, & Pinter. St. Martin's Press.
Paul Cooke & Helen Vassallo (eds.) (2009). Alienation and Alterity: Otherness in Modern and Contemporary Francophone Contexts. Peter Lang.
Scott M. Powers (ed.) (2011). Evil in Contemporary French and Francophone Literature. Cambridge Scholars Pub..
John Culbert (2010). Paralyses: Literature, Travel, and Ethnography in French Modernity. University of Nebraska Press.
Harold Kaplan (1972). Democratic Humanism and American Literature. Chicago,University of Chicago Press.
Christie McDonald & Susan Rubin Suleiman (eds.) (2010). French Global: A New Approach to Literary History. Columbia University Press.
Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads2 ( #245,904 of 722,826 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #60,541 of 722,826 )
How can I increase my downloads?