Ethics and Narrative in the English Novel, 1880-1914 by Jil LarsonEthics and Narrative in the English Novel, 1880-1914 by Jil Larson

Ethics and Narrative in the English Novel, 1880-1914

byJil Larson

Hardcover | February 12, 2001

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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.
Jil Larson is Assistant Professor of English at Western Michigan University. A former managing editor of Victorian Studies, she has published on Thomas Hardy, Joseph Conrad, and ethics and literature. She is currently a member of the Executive Board of the Centre for the Study of Ethics in Society at Western Michigan University.
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Title:Ethics and Narrative in the English Novel, 1880-1914Format:HardcoverDimensions:186 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:February 12, 2001Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521792827

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; 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; Afterword; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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"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