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Narrative Ethics

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$30.00 • £24.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674600881

Publication Date: 09/15/1997

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335 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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Newton’s book will become a pivotal text in our discussions of the ethical implications of reading. He has taken into account a great deal of prior work, and written with judgment and wisdom.—Daniel Schwartz, Narrative

Newton offers elegant, provocative readings of texts ranging from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner to Winesburg, Ohio, The Remains of the Day, and Bleak House… Newton’s book is a rich vein of critical ore that can be mined profitably.Choice

Newton probes with admirable subtlety the key question: what do we gain—and what dangers do we run—when we fully enter the life of an ‘other’ through that ‘other’s’ story? We have here a rare combination of deep and learned critical acumen with passionate love for literature and sensitivity to its nuances.—Wayne C. Booth, University of Chicago

Reading Narrative Ethics is a powerful experience, for it engages not just the intellect, but the emotions, and dare I say, the spirit. It stands apart from recent books on ethics in literature by virtue of its severe insistence o its allegiance to an alternative ethical tradition. This alternative way of thinking—and living—has its roots in the work of the Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas and finds support in the writings of Mikhail Bakhtin and Stanley Cavell… Stories, Newton asserts, are not ethical because of their morals or because of their normative logic. They are ethical because of the work they perform, in the social world, of binding teller, listener, witness, and reader to one another… This is a work of passion, integrity, commitment, and mission.—Jay Clayton, Vanderbilt University

Adam Zachary Newton writes with illuminating passion. Drawing on writers as diverse as Conrad and Henry James, Melville and Sherwood Anderson, Bakhtin and Levinas, he asks what it is to turn one’s life into a story for another, and what it is to respond to, or avoid the claim of, another person’s narration. He has written a wonderful, important book.—Martha Nussbaum, University of Chicago

Awards & Accolades

  • 1997 Barbara Perkins and George Perkins Prize, International Society for the Study of Narrative
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