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The burdens of perfection : on ethics and reading in nineteenth-century British literature

Author: Andrew H Miller
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Literary criticism has, in recent decades, rather fled from discussions of moral psychology, and for good reasons, too. Who would not want to flee the hectoring moralism with which it is so easily associated-portentous, pious, humorless? But in protecting us from such fates, our flight has had its costs, as we have lost the concepts needed to recognize and assess much of what distinguished nineteenth-century British  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew H Miller
ISBN: 9780801446610 0801446619
OCLC Number: 180190780
Description: xiv, 260 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. The narrative of improvement --
Skepticism and perfectionism I: mechanization and desire --
Skepticism and perfectionism II: weakness of will --
Interlude: critical free indirect discourse --
Reading thoughts: casuistry and transfiguration --
pt. 2. The moral psychology of improvement --
Perfectly helpless --
Responsiveness, knowingness, and John Henry Newman --
The knowledge of shame --
On lives unled.
Responsibility: Andrew H. Miller.
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A study of moral perfectionism in nineteenth-century British culture, this book reads a wide range of essayists, poets, and novelists through the lens of ethics and philosophy of mind.  Read more...

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