The Terrible Power of a Minor Guilt: Literary Essays

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  • Copyright: 2001-02-01
  • Publisher: Syracuse Univ Pr
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What is the relationship between literature and morality? Theater and ethics? Film and moral values? It has become unfashionable for today's critics to make even fleeting references to the moral issues raised by novels, stories, plays, and films. The renowned Israeli novelist and critic Abraham B. Yehoshua considers these crucial questions and illuminates his reading of nine texts -- from the story of Cain and Abel to Camus, from Dostoyevsky to Raymond Carver -- by admitting the moral dimension into his critical appraisals.

How is the aesthetic value of a piece of writing to be established? In addition to traditional criteria, such as psychological complexity, originality of subject matter, and use of language, Yehoshua demonstrates how characters, who undergo moral as well as intellectual development and discover a capacity to transform themselves, embody literature's greatest achievements.

Author Biography

Abraham B. Yehoshua is Israel's greatest living writer. His literary achievements have long been recognized throughout the world, and he has been awarded literary prizes in both Israel and the United States. He is the author of several novels and collections of short stories

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
PART ONE Moral Diversions Using the Text's Aesthetic Structure
What Was the Real Punishment Inflicted on History's First Murderer?
The Biblical Story of Cain and Abel, Genesis 4
The Morals of a Husband Who Lets His Wife Die in His Place
The Absurd as a Moral Guide
``The Guest,''
Albert Camus
PART TWO The Moral Boundaries of Psychology
Morality Based on Guilt or Morality Based on Sympathy
``The Way Out'' and Nerves
Joseph Chaim Brenner
The Terrible Power of a Minor Guilt
The Eternal Husband
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
PART THREE The Moral Responsibility of Denial Processes
Society Pays Homage to a Murderess with a Freshly Cut Rose
``A Rose for Emily,''
William Faulkner
A Father and a Daughter in an Unconscious Relationship
In the Prime of Her Life
S. Y. Agnon
PART FOUR Moral Development as Aesthetic Value
How to Build a Moral Code on a Used Shopping Bag
Raymond Carver

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