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Tobin Siebers asserts that literary criticism is essentially a form of ethics. The Ethics of Criticism investigates the moral character of contemporary literary theory, assessing a wide range of theoretical approaches in terms of both the ethical presuppositions underlying the critical claims and the attitudes fostered by the approaches. Building on analyses of the moral legacies of Plato, Kant, Nietzsche, and Freud, Siebers identifies the various fronts on which the concerns of critical theory impinge on those of ethics.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Series Info, Title Page, Copyright, In Memoriam
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. 1. The Character of Criticism: Introduction
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. 2. Ethical Criticism: From Plato to Pluralism
  2. pp. 14-43
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  1. 3. The Ethics of Autonomy: Biography and the New Criticism
  2. pp. 44-68
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  1. 4. Ethics in the Age of Rousseau: From Lévi-Strauss to Derrida
  2. pp. 69-97
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  1. 5. Paul de Man and the Triumph of Falling
  2. pp. 98-123
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  1. 6. Resentment and the Genealogy of Morals: From Nietzsche to Girard
  2. pp. 124-158
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  1. 7. The Ethical Unconscious: From Freud to Lacan
  2. pp. 159-185
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  1. 8. The Ethics of Sexual Difference
  2. pp. 186-219
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  1. 9. The Ethics of Nuclear Criticism: Conclusion
  2. pp. 220-240
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 241-246
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781501721410
Related ISBN
9781501728112
MARC Record
OCLC
1057693990
Pages
264
Launched on MUSE
2018-04-06
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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