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The Ethics of Criticism

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The Ethics of Criticism

Tobin Siebers

264 Pages
Paperback
ISBN: 9781501728112
Cornell University Press

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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"The Ethics of Criticism should contribute to the new theoretical conversation through its conclusions about specific thinkers and by moving others to think harder and say more about the relation among ethics, criticism, and literature."

- James Phelan, Modern Philology

About the Author

The late Tobin Siebers (1953–2015) was V. L. Parrington Collegiate Professor, Professor of English Language and Literature, and Professor of Art and Design at the University of Michigan, where he was cochair of the Initiative on Disability Studies. He was the author of Disability Theory, Disability Aesthetics, Among Men, and The Mirror of Medusa.

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