The Ethics of Literary Communication

Genuineness, directness, indirectness

| Abo Akademi University
| Abo Akademi University
| Abo Akademi University
ISBN 9789027210364 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027271686 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
Viewing literature as one among other forms of communication, Roger D. Sell and his colleagues evaluate writer-respondent relationships according to the same ethical criterion as applies for dialogue of any other kind. In a nutshell: Are writers and readers respecting each other’s human autonomy? If and when the answer here is “Yes!”, Sell’s team describe the communication that is going on as ‘genuine’. In this latest book, they offer new illustrations of what they mean by this, and ask whether genuineness is compatible with communicational directness and communicational indirectness. Is there a risk, for instance, that a very direct manner of writing could be unacceptably coercive, or that a more indirect manner could be irresponsible, or positively deceitful? The book’s overall conclusion is: “Not necessarily!” A directness which is truthful and stimulates free discussion does respect the integrity of the other person. And the same is true of an indirectness which encourages readers themselves to contribute to the construction and assessment of ideas, stories and experiences – sometimes literary indirectness may allow greater scope for genuineness than does the directness of a non-literary letter. By way of illustrating these points, the book opens up new lines of inquiry into a wide range of literary texts from Britain, Germany, France, Denmark, Poland, Romania, and the United States.
[Dialogue Studies, 19]  2013.  xii, 271 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction
Roger D. Sell, Adam Borch and Inna Lindgren
Chapter 2. Herbert’s considerateness: A communicational assessment
Roger D. Sell
Chapter 3. “Not my readers but the readers of their own selves” Literature as communication with the self in Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu
Anna Orhanen
Chapter 4. Intersubjective positioning and community-making: E. E. Cummings’s Preface to his Collected Poems 1923–1958
Mohamed Saki
Chapter 5. Genuine and distorted communication in autobiographical writing: E. M. Forster’s “West Hackhurst” and its contexts
Jason Finch
Chapter 6. Women and the public sphere: Pope’s addressivity through The Dunciad
Adam Borch
Chapter 7. Kipling, his narrator, and public interest
Inna Lindgren
Chapter 8. Call and response: Autonomy and dialogicity in Isaac Bashevis Singer’s The Penitent
David Stromberg
Chapter 9. Hypothetical action: Poetry under erasure in Blake, Dickinson and Eliot
Bo Pettersson
Chapter 10. Metacommunication as ritual: Contemporary Romanian poetry
Carmen Popescu
Chapter 11. Terminal aposiopesis and sublime communication: Shakespeare’s Sonnet 126 and Keats’s “To Autumn”
Jonathan P.A. Sell
Chapter 12. The utopian horizon of communication: Ernst Bloch’s Traces and Johann-Peter Hebel’s Treasure Chest
Johan Siebers
Chapter 13. When philosophy must become literature: Søren Kierkegaard’s concept of indirect communication
Sebastian Hüsch
Chapter 14. An aesthetics of indirection in novels and letters: Balzac’s communication with Evelina Hanska
Ewa Szypula
Chapter 15. Letters from a (post-)troubled city: Epistolary communication in Ciaran Carson’s The Pen Friend
Catherine Conan
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Communication Studies

Communication Studies

Literature & Literary Studies

Theoretical literature & literary studies
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2013017365 | Marc record