Abstract

Americans cherish the idea that good eventually triumphs over evil. After briefly arguing that a proper understanding of the moral harm of cruelty calls into question the credibility of popular American idioms of redemption, I argue that the epistemic dynamics of horror help account for the commanding grip of this rhetoric on the popular imagination, and I suggest that this idiom has morally problematic features that warrant the attention of feminists.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-2001
Print ISSN
0887-5367
Pages
pp. 155-188
Launched on MUSE
2003-06-27
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Archived 2009
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