The Moral of the Story Literature and Public Ethics

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  • Copyright: 2000-09-20
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
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The contributors to The Moral of the Story, all preeminent political heorists, are unified by their concern with the instructive power of great literature. This thought-provoking combination of essays explores the polyvalent moral and political impact of classic world literatures on public ethics through the study of some of its major figures -- including Shakespeare, Dante, Cervantes, Jane Austen, Henry James, Joseph Conrad, Robert Penn Warren, and Dostoevsky.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction: Literature and Public Ethics
Henry T. Edmondson III
Henry James' The Princess Casamassima: Revolution and the Preservation of Culture
James Seaton
Love, Law, and Rhetoric: The Teachings of Francesca in Dante's Inferno
Peter Kalkavage
Aliens Are Us? Walker Percy's Response to Carl Sagan on Wondering and Wandering
Peter Augustine Lawler
Shakespeare's Henry V and the Act of Ethical Reflection
Henry T. Edmondson III
Rabelais and Pascal: Wise Kings and Anguished Men
Padraig O Gormaile
Chinua Achebe and the Nature of Social Change
Alan Levine
A Place in the World: Delinquency and the Search for Liberty in Cervantes' Rinconete and Cortadillo
Juan Jose Sendin Vinagre
Henry T. Edmondson III
The Great-Souled Woman: Jane Austen as Public Moralist
Gregory R. Johnson
True and False Liberalism: Stolypin and His Enemies in Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's August 1914
Daniel J. Mahoney
The Alchemy of Power and Idealism: Dostoevsky's ``Grand Inquisitor''
J. Patrick Dobel
Democratic Envy in Sinclair Lewis' It Can't Happen Here
Paul C. Peterson
Natural Right, Conventional Right, and Setting Things Aright: Joseph Conrad's ``The Secret Sharer''
Michael Platt
The Beauty of Middle-Class Virtue: Willa Cather's O Pioneers!
James Seaton
Robert Penn Warren's Brother to Dragons: Complicity and the Beginning of Innocence
Judith Lee Kissell
Fatherhood and Friendship in the Modern Regime: Jean Dutourd's The Springtime of Life
Will Morrisey
Mark Twain on Democratic Statesmanship: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Robert M. Schaefer
Pagan Virtue and Christian Charity: Flannery O'Connor on the Moral Contradictions of Western Culture
Gregory R. Johnson
Index 255(4)
About the Authors 259

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