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Author Booth, Wayne C

Title The knowing most worth doing : essays on pluralism, ethics, and religion / Wayne C. Booth ; edited and with an introduction by Walter Jost

Publ Info Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2010
 RWU Main Library  PN511 .B563 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript 226 pages ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Introduction: the knowing most worth doing / Walter Jost -- Part one: the challenge of pluralism -- Do reasons matter in criticism? Or, many meanings, many modes -- Pluralism in the classroom -- The possibilities of pluralism -- Part two: discerning character in criticism -- Are narrative choices subject to ethical criticism? -- Literary criticism and the pursuit of character -- Why banning ethical criticism is a serious mistake -- The struggle to tell the story of the struggle to get the story told -- The ethics of medicine - as revealed in literature -- Part three: rhetoric and the claim of religion -- Rhetoric and religion: are they essentially wedded? -- Where is the authorial audience in biblical narrative - and in other "authoritative" texts? -- Systematic wonder: the rhetoric of secular religions
Note ""This important and well-executed collection provides evidence of both the diversity of Booths interests and the consistency of his thought. It will appeal to a substantial audience of Boothophiles, rhetoricians, literary critics and theorists, and students of religion."--James Phelan, Ohio State University, author of Living to Tell about It: A Rhetoric and Ethics of Character Narration" ""The Knowing Most Worth Doing simultaneously celebrates Booth's career and offers his admirers easy access to significant but difficult-to-find essays. Like most of Booth's best work, it manages to maintain a high intellectual level without requiring specialist knowledge of its readers and exhibits an enviable stylistic ease."--Peter J. Rabinowitz, Hamilton College, author of Before Reading: Narrative Conventions and the Politics of Interpretation" "Throughout the second half of the twentieth century until his death in 2005, Wayne Booth was one of the most influential literary critics in America and beyond, known world-wide for The Rhetoric of Fiction (1961), and hailed as a progressive advocate for rethinking the concept of liberal education in a changing world. His many books and essays remain classic reading for those who wish to understand how fiction communicates ethically, why good ethical criticism as such is a signature human activity to be cherished, and how the human desire to know helps to define who we are collectively and individually."
"In this final volume of Booth's selected essays, appropriately titled The Knowing Most Worth Doing, after Booth's earlier edited collection, The Knowledge Most Worth Having. (1967), Walter Jost, in collaboration with the author, has gathered an indispensable collection of his former teacher's thinking across a wide variety of fields and disciplines, from ethics to religion and from rhetorical criticism to the philosophical plurality of possible critical modes. The selections begin with three diverse, profound discussions of the need for plural perspectives in the contemporary world, proceed to accessible yet learned readings of the ethics of literature, and end with wonderful speculations on the nature of, and human need for, religious thought. Gathered from various journals and books over several decades, these "fugitive" essays will prove their enduring value because they speak frankly and without pretensions to problems that continue to plague us, and to aspirations that continue to draw a new generation into the knowing most worth doing. In these discussions, knowledge is understood as an activity and a way of life, one that can be embraced by all people in many different ways."--BOOK JACKET
LC subject Literature -- History and criticism
Cultural pluralism in literature
Ethics in literature
Religion in literature
Add Author Jost, Walter, 1951-
ISBN 9780813929927 (cloth : alk. paper)
081392992X (cloth : alk. paper)