Genre and Ethics: The Education of an Eighteenth-century Critic

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University of Delaware Press, 2002 - 284 pages
"The study addresses the following kinds of questions: Why does genre need ethics? Why does ethics need genre? How is ethics related to and distinguished from ideology as currently used in cultural studies? How does a generic ethical method come to terms with history and historical change? How is a generic ethical method related to religion? Does genre reinforce the concept of the ethical agent? This book will therefore have a broad audience, including scholars whose fields range from the Renaissance to the present, theorists and philosophers whose interests include ethics, cultural studies, and ideologies, and educationists pursuing methods for graduates and undergraduates. The autobiographical introduction serves as the "hook," as our creative writers say, for this audience. Generically, it is experimental, being at once scholarly, pedagogical, and autobiographical."--BOOK JACKET.

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How Genre Criticism Leads to Ethics
Textual Ideology in Aphra Behns Oroonoko
Critical Ideology in The Beaux and Belles Stratagem
Critical Judgment in MacFlecknoe
Ethical Agency in The Double Mistress
History Genre and Ethics in The Life of Richard Savage
Genre and Teleology The Faith of Criticism
Literary History The Pastoral Elegy from Lycidas to the Present
Pedagogical Postscript

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Page 235 - Blind, old, and lonely, when his country's pride The priest, the slave, and the liberticide Trampled and mocked with many a loathed rite Of lust and blood; he went, unterrified, Into the gulf of death; but his clear Sprite Yet reigns o'er earth; the third among the sons of light.
Page 126 - ALL human things are subject to decay, And, when Fate summons, monarchs must obey. This Flecknoe found, who, like Augustus, young Was called to empire, and had governed long. In prose and verse was owned, without dispute, Through all the realms of Nonsense absolute.
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Page 244 - Time that is intolerant Of the brave and innocent, And indifferent in a week To a beautiful physique, Worships language and forgives 50 Everyone by whom it lives; Pardons cowardice, conceit, Lays its honours at their feet.
Page 167 - This relation will not be wholly without its use, if those, who languish under any part of his sufferings, shall be enabled to fortify their patience, by reflecting that they feel only those afflictions from which the abilities of Savage did not exempt him ; or...

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