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The Resource The burdens of perfection : on ethics and reading in nineteenth-century British literature, Andrew H. Miller

The burdens of perfection : on ethics and reading in nineteenth-century British literature, Andrew H. Miller

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The burdens of perfection : on ethics and reading in nineteenth-century British literature
Title
The burdens of perfection
Title remainder
on ethics and reading in nineteenth-century British literature
Statement of responsibility
Andrew H. Miller
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In some moods, or for some people, the desire to improve can seem so natural as to be banal. The impulse drives forward so much in our culture that it can color our thoughts and shape our actions without being much noticed. But in other moods, or for other people, this strenuous desire becomes all too noticeable, and its demands crushing. It can then drive a sleepless attention to ourselves, a desolate evaluation of what we have been and what we are. The Burdens of Perfection Literary criticism has, in recent decades, rather fled from discussions of moral psychology, and for good reasons, too. Who would not want to flee the hectoring moralism with which it is so easily associated-portentous, pious, humorless? But in protecting us from such fates, our flight has had its costs, as we have lost the concepts needed to recognize and assess much of what distinguished nineteenth-century British literature. That literature was inescapably ethical in orientation, and to proceed as if it were not ignores a large part of what these texts have to offer, and to that degree makes less reasonable the desire to study them, rather than other documents from the period, or from other periods. Such are the intuitions that drive The Burdens of Perfection, a study of moral perfectionism in nineteenth-century British culture. Reading the period's essayists (Mill, Arnold, Carlyle), poets (Browning and Tennyson), and especially its novelists (Austen, Dickens, Eliot, and James), Andrew H. Miller provides an extensive response to Stanley Cavell's contribution to ethics and philosophy of mind. --From publisher's description
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Cataloging source
E7B
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1964-
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Miller, Andrew H.
Dewey number
820.9/384
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
In English
LC call number
PR468.P36
LC item number
M55 2008eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • English literature
  • Didactic literature, English
  • Perfection in literature
  • Ethics in literature
  • Literature and morals
  • Books and reading
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Books and reading
  • Didactic literature, English
  • English literature
  • Ethics in literature
  • Literature and morals
  • Perfection in literature
  • Great Britain
  • Literatur
  • Ethik
  • Moral
  • Englisch
Label
The burdens of perfection : on ethics and reading in nineteenth-century British literature, Andrew H. Miller
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1. The narrative of improvement. Skepticism and perfectionism I: mechanization and desire ; Skepticism and perfectionism II: weakness of will ; Interlude: critical free indirect discourse ; Reading thoughts: casuistry and transfiguration -- pt. 2. The moral psychology of improvement. Perfectly helpless ; Responsiveness, knowingness, and John Henry Newman ; The knowledge of shame ; On lives unled
Control code
732957124
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 260 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801460838
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
  • 40015601528
  • 10.7591/9780801460838
Other physical details
illustrations
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22573/ctt4rdjs
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)732957124
Label
The burdens of perfection : on ethics and reading in nineteenth-century British literature, Andrew H. Miller
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1. The narrative of improvement. Skepticism and perfectionism I: mechanization and desire ; Skepticism and perfectionism II: weakness of will ; Interlude: critical free indirect discourse ; Reading thoughts: casuistry and transfiguration -- pt. 2. The moral psychology of improvement. Perfectly helpless ; Responsiveness, knowingness, and John Henry Newman ; The knowledge of shame ; On lives unled
Control code
732957124
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 260 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801460838
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
  • 40015601528
  • 10.7591/9780801460838
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt4rdjs
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)732957124

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