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Good Form The Ethical Experience of the Victorian Novel

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ISBN-10: 069117170X

ISBN-13: 9780691171708

Edition: 2017

Authors: Jesse Rosenthal

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What do we mean when we say that a novel's conclusion "feels right"? How did feeling, form, and the sense of right and wrong get mixed up, during the nineteenth century, in the experience of reading a novel? Good Form argues that Victorian readers associated the feeling of narrative form--of being pulled forward to a satisfying conclusion--with inner moral experience. Reclaiming the work of a generation of Victorian "intuitionist" philosophers who insisted that true morality consisted in being able to feel or intuit the morally good, Jesse Rosenthal shows that when Victorians discussed the moral dimensions of reading novels, they were also subtly discussing the genre's formal properties. …    
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Book details

List price: $53.00
Copyright year: 2017
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 12/20/2016
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.42" wide x 9.49" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

Jesse Rosenthal is assistant professor of English at Johns Hopkins University.