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The Conscience of the Autobiographer : Ethical and Religious Dimensions of Autobiography - John D. Barbour

The Conscience of the Autobiographer

Ethical and Religious Dimensions of Autobiography

Hardcover Published: 25th August 1992
ISBN: 9780333554920
Number Of Pages: 199

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Argues that the writing of autobiography raises crucial issues of conscience as an author tries to know, assess and represent character. Individual chapters explore such issues as the nature of truthfulness, characterization, the virtues, shame and the religious dimensions of conscience. Particular attention is given to the essays of Montaigne and Samuel Johnson, and to autobiographies by Benjamin Franklin, Malcolm X, and Mary McCarthy. Barbour demonstrates the value of ethical criticism, integrating theories of autobiography, ethical theory, and the interpretation of particular narratives. This book is designed to be of interest to students of literature and language, philosophy and religion. The author has had articles published in "The Journal of Religion", "The Journal of Religious Ethics" and "The Journal of the American Academy of Religion".

General Editor's Preface - Acknowledgements - Introduction - Conscience and Truthfulness - Character and Characterization - Conscience in the Essays of Montaigne and Johnson - Franklin and the Critics of Individualism - Ressentiment, Public Virtues, and Malcolm X - Shame in the Autobiographies of Mary McCarthy - Conclusion - Notes - Index

ISBN: 9780333554920
ISBN-10: 0333554922
Series: Ethical and Religious Dimensions of Autobiography
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 199
Published: 25th August 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1