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Table of Contents

Preface

PART I
RELOCATING ETHICAL CRITICISM
I
Introduction: Etbical Criticism, a Banned Discipline?
2
Why Ethical Criticism Fell on Hard Times
3
The Peculiar "Logic" of Evaluative Criticism
4
The Threat of Subjectivism and the Ethics of Craft
5
Who Is Responsible in Ethical Criticism, and for What?

PART II
THE MAKING OF FRIENDS AND COMMONWEALTHS: CRITICISM AS
ETHICAL CULTURE
Introduction: The Turn to Self-Culture
6
Implied Authors as Friends and Pretenders
7
Appraising Some Friends
8
Consequences for Character: The Faking and Making
of the "Self"
9
Appraising Character: Desire against Desire
IO
Figures That "Figure" the Mind: Images and Metaphors
as Constitutive Stories
II
Metaphoric Worlds: Myths, Their Creators and Critics

PART III
DOCTRINAL CRITICISM AND THE REDEMPTIONS OF CODUCTION
Introduction
12
Rabelais and the Challenge of Feminist Criticism
13
Doctrinal Questions in Jane Austen, D. H. Lawrence,
and Mark Twain

Epilogue: The Ethics of Reading
Appendix: An Anthology of Ethical Gifts, Thank-you
Notes, and Warnings
Bibliography of Ethical Criticism
Index of Subjects
Index of Names and Tides

About the Author

Wayne C. Booth (1921-2005) was George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor of English at the University of Chicago.

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"Booth is an expert rhetorician (the footnotes are little works of art). He varies his attack. He tells anecdotes, analyzes concepts, reads philosophical texts, describes the experience of certain novels, generalizes, makes lists, and syllogizes. Indeed, this collection embodies the ideal of vigorous, friendly discussion."--Thomas D'Evelyn, "Christian Science Monitor

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