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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 (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 (2019) 40 (3): 543–557.
Published: 01 September 2019
... into an otherwise realistic setting and allow the spectator to fully enjoy the main characters’ vigilante revenge. The theory of fictional reliefs posited here holds that this mixture of modes facilitates one of two paths to moral judgment. Copyright © 2019 by Porter Institute for Poetics and Semiotics 2019...
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Poetics Today (2017) 38 (2): 273–293.
Published: 01 June 2017
... Roy conveys her characters’ experiences and their inter- pretations of those experiences through image clusters that function both as metaphors and as physical cues, simultaneously affecting both “basic” and “moral” emotions (as differentiated by the clinical psychologists Bunmi O. Olatunji...
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Poetics Today (2005) 26 (1): 79–111.
Published: 01 March 2005
..., was) ethically and morally unacceptable in an apparently somewhat frivolous tone. The work is nevertheless useful because it shows clearly the effects of strong impli- cature in the creation of character. However conscious the reader may be of the situation created at the time by apartheid in South Africa...
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Poetics Today (2020) 41 (2): 281–299.
Published: 01 June 2020
... depicting lovers’ quarrels and morally flawed characters may paradoxically strike audiences as more authentically romantic because they dramatize an aspect of attachment emotions’ functioning recently elucidated by cognitive science, namely, that of “body budgeting” (allocation of energy resources...
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Poetics Today (2020) 41 (2): 205–222.
Published: 01 June 2020
... “characters” who effortlessly embody socially shared values. The hierarchical structures of these societies also place a greater premium on theory of mind for subordinates than for the powerful, hence attaching a tinge of opprobrium to its exercise. In literature this translates into the moral ambivalence...
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Poetics Today (2013) 34 (1-2): 53–118.
Published: 01 June 2013
... ethical dimensions. It deeply influ- ences our emotional responses to the characters and determines our moral judgments of them. Medieval Narrative Structures Before going into an analysis of the action-logical, rhetorical, and ethical questions that Chaucer raises in The Franklin’s Tale, however...
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Poetics Today (2001) 22 (4): 713–763.
Published: 01 December 2001
... characters’’ Joseph Donohue, Jr., in his Dramatic Character in the English Romantic Age proceeds from different premises and evidence to similar conclu- sions. The mode of characterization exemplified in the plays of Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, he argues, dominated the English under- standing...
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Poetics Today (2011) 32 (1): 1–53.
Published: 01 March 2011
... outcomes in the form of response to narrative lies a great gulf, often bridged in educa- tional psychology by hopeful constructions of the impact of didactic tales on children. Psychologist Darcia Narvaez studies moral cognition, moral development, and moral character education. Character...
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Poetics Today (2011) 32 (1): 81–106.
Published: 01 March 2011
... Jean Ickes William John , 71 – 83 ( Cambridge, MA : MIT Press ). Emmons Robert A. 2009 `` Greatest of the Virtues? Gratitude and the Grateful Personality , in Personality, Identity, and Character: Explorations in Moral Psychology , edited by Narvaez Darcia Lapsley Daniel K...
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Poetics Today (2002) 23 (4): 581–609.
Published: 01 December 2002
... for a certain character, moti- vated by the curiosity of finding out what will result from these decisions, than a human being existentially, emotionally, and morally caught in a cer- tain situation. By maintaining a safe distance between reader and charac- ters, literature has been able to explore the whole...
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Poetics Today (2005) 26 (1): 161–168.
Published: 01 March 2005
... and libertine novels are not just beyond morality but beyond immorality as well—if, as Pavel says, ‘‘after being relentlessly exposed to the sight of these contemptible characters, the reader ends up losing sight of the ideal norm’’ (104)—then surely we cannot count picaresque and liber- tine novels...
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Poetics Today (2007) 28 (2): 191–246.
Published: 01 June 2007
... in which the dialectical aspects of this passage were routinely bypassed. This strategy involved making axiomatic certain claims about Socrates’ exemplary moral character or Protagoras’s sophistical evasive- ness (e.g., Vlastos 1956, 1969, 1972).40 In a superficial way, declarations of this sort...
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Poetics Today (2000) 21 (3): 521–541.
Published: 01 September 2000
... they embody and adapting them to the surrounding reality. . Doubt, hesitation, slow interpretation of other people’s and one’s own moral impulses are the main topics of Henry James’s novels. Robert Pippin links the predicament of Jamesian characters—their difficulty in making sense of one’s duty...
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Poetics Today (2009) 30 (3): 561–607.
Published: 01 September 2009
... of the character by the reader, more even than effecting a sympathetic response, Faulkner compels the reader to experience an emotionally charged moral revaluation. “The recency effect,” writes Stern- berg (1978: 101), “opens our incredulous eyes to the bitter discovery that in essence there is little...
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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...
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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): 255–288.
Published: 01 June 2011
... ). 1998 [1848] Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life ( Oxford : Oxford University Press ). Gernsbacher Morton A. Goldsmith H. Hill Robertson Rachel R. W. 1992 `` Do Readers Mentally Represent Characters' Emotional States? '' Cognition and Emotion 6 : 89 – 111 . [ Greg...
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Poetics Today (2002) 23 (2): 291–326.
Published: 01 June 2002
... to evoke the moral imagination or to reenact actual-world moral situations. In this tradition complex textual phenomena, such as character, are re- duced (or perhaps elevated) to moral instruments. Characters should be read as if they were alive and thrust, as all conscious human persons are, deeply...