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Poetics Today (2019) 40 (3): 519–541.
Published: 01 September 2019
...Mark Bracher Drawing on empirical studies, the article argues that developing moral character and advancing social justice through literary study is both eminently feasible and profoundly ethical, and that claims to the contrary are based on faulty notions of the psychological bases of morality...
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Poetics Today (2011) 32 (1): 81–106.
Published: 01 March 2011
... structure event memory and co-construct the narratives that children use for self and moral identities. The bioemotional landscape formed by experience influences the narratives that shape the life course. Initially, this occurs nonverbally through touch and emotional response; later, it occurs through...
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Poetics Today (2020) 41 (2): 187–204.
Published: 01 June 2020
...Patrick Colm Hogan Some recent writers on ethics, prominently Jonathan Haidt, have seen emotion and narrative as central to moral judgment and behavior. However, much of this work is not clear about the precise nature of emotion and narrative or the relation of the two to each other and to ethics...
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Poetics Today (2009) 30 (2): 317–352.
Published: 01 June 2009
...Paul McCormick Self-conscious character narration provides special opportunities for authors to signal (un)reliability. This article focuses on one such opportunity. When narrators like John Dowell in Ford Madox Ford's The Good Soldier consistently assert moral and cognitive distance from...
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Poetics Today (2014) 35 (4): 635–658.
Published: 01 December 2014
... by social forces, but New Historicism equally argues that a sense of autonomous self is often encoded within documents based on the discourse of power. Among such documents is the emblem, a conjunction of several texts and one image delivering a moral lesson. Using the theoretical framework of New...
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Poetics Today (2008) 29 (3): 473–523.
Published: 01 September 2008
... of literary works. This is followed by a study of early contributions to the public controversy over The Satanic Verses , in which Lena Jayyusi's analysis of moral action descriptions is used to draw attention to commentators' ideological attempts to structure this novel as a speech-like action carried out...
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Poetics Today (2009) 30 (3): 373–422.
Published: 01 September 2009
... the assumptions, method, and terminology he inherited from the vigorous associationist tradition in eighteenth-century British philosophy and psychology, Shelley sought to demonstrate the innate and thus indefeasible foundations of human morality, especially its master principle of social equity. His analysis...
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Poetics Today (2007) 28 (2): 191–246.
Published: 01 June 2007
... to draw some morals about exegesis and scholarly specialization. Porter Institute for Poetics and Semiotics 2007 Adkins, A. W. H. 1960 Merit and Responsibility: A study in Greek values (Oxford: Clarendon). 1973 “`Arete' `Techne' Democracy and Sophists: Protagoras 316b-328d,” The Journal...
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Poetics Today (2007) 28 (3): 443–474.
Published: 01 September 2007
...Laura Byrne While the goal of Spinoza's Ethics has strong affinities with the Aristotelian goal of eudaimonia , structurally the text itself is modeled on Euclid's Elements . Does Spinoza think that the precision and certainty of mathematics can be extended to moral philosophy? To answer...
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Poetics Today (2007) 28 (2): 303–336.
Published: 01 June 2007
... moral is about matching outer to inner self. While the project is never complete, the search itself becomes an identity; Abelard achieves authenticity in his rejection of all the models of it that were available to him. This is not done to unmask a self without place or parallel but to make the case...
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Poetics Today (2011) 32 (2): 235–253.
Published: 01 June 2011
...Blakey Vermeule In an important book of evolutionary literary theory, William Flesch argues that we tell stories to exercise our sense of moral outrage. In this essay I try to spell out some of the consequences of his view. First I give an overview of his argument. Then I revisit a major work...
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Poetics Today (2011) 32 (2): 349–389.
Published: 01 June 2011
... strategic empathy for feeling humanity in an indifferent, Godless universe. Hardy's work demonstrates engagement with a variety of empathetic narrative strategies outlined in my Empathy and the Novel (2007), from the fellow-feeling of eighteenth-century moral sentimentalism, to the role-taking imagining...
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Poetics Today (2012) 33 (2): 169–216.
Published: 01 June 2012
...Joshua Landy While it is often assumed that fictions must be informative or morally improving in order to be of any real benefit to us, certain texts defy this assumption by functioning as training grounds for the capacities : in engaging with them, we stand to become not more knowledgeable or more...
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Poetics Today (2004) 25 (4): 573–594.
Published: 01 December 2004
...Michael Eskin This essay deals with the complex relationship between literature and ethics. More specifically, it inquires into and problematizes the conceptual ways in which such discursive distinctions as that between literature and moral philosophy have been upheld, as well as the assumptions...
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Poetics Today (2005) 26 (1): 79–111.
Published: 01 March 2005
... on moral, social, cultural, aesthetic, and even generic assumptions shared with the reader: these allow the latter either to see the narrator as “reliable” and to develop a feeling of rapport with him or her or to easily assume the existence of an implied author who manipulates thenarrator for his or her...
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Poetics Today (2006) 27 (2): 297–309.
Published: 01 June 2006
... documents. Historians are slowly coming to agree that survivor accounts are a crucial source of evidence for appreciating the unorthodox and unprecedented moral universe of the Holocaust. Writers as diverse as Charlotte Delbo, Imre Kertész, Arnošt Lustig, and Aharon Appelfeld find ways of stripping...
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Poetics Today (2016) 37 (4): 573–578.
Published: 01 December 2016
...Angus Fletcher Against the idea that there is one true form of tragedy that can anchor a universal human ethics, Darwinism suggests that life is filled with endless kinds of tragic circumstance. But even as this biological view of tragedy spells the end of moral idealism, it opens up an inclusive...
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Poetics Today (2000) 21 (2): 393–421.
Published: 01 June 2000
... fueled a desire to “naturalize” society by rejecting traditional morality. In parallel, there arose a dream of new subjectivity of the scientific Übermensch , whose imitation of the cruelty of nature would elevate him above ordinary humanity. Science became a source of a sublime experi-ence based...
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Poetics Today (2017) 38 (2): 273–293.
Published: 01 June 2017
...” and “moral” emotions (as differentiated by the clinical psychologists Bunmi O. Olatunji and Jorge Moll). The article analyzes how these embodied prompts activate readers' preconscious modes of perception, modify cognitive skills, and intensify the effects of reading by anchoring ideational content in readers...
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Poetics Today (2017) 38 (2): 363–391.
Published: 01 June 2017
.... Applying the revised theory, the essay characterizes contrasts between Edmund Burke's and Thomas Paine's thought at all levels of framing. It shows how their lexical frames for “revolution” diverge as their main arguments craft opposing issue-defining frames for the central moral issue of revolution versus...